tough sledding

Difficult work or progress, as in This bill faces tough sledding in the legislature. This idiom transfers the route on which a sled can travel to other kinds of progress toward a goal. It was first recorded as hard sledding in 1839. For the antonym, see easy sledding.

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How to use tough sledding in a sentence

  • He also writes academic medical articles that are at times pretty tough sledding.

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  • "tough sledding," he wheezed, as he sat upon his barrow handles and wiped his brow with a bandanna handkerchief.

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  • It has been pretty tough sledding waiting for the next Australian steamer, but, thank God!

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  • "tough sledding we'd have had with an automobile over those hills," he said.

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  • "It's been pretty tough sledding out there in the mining country," he said.

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