a tough/hard row to hoe

Definition of a tough/hard row to hoe

:something that is difficult to do or deal with
  • I am considering becoming a doctor, but I know that it's a tough row to hoe.

Word by Word Definitions

tough play
  1. : difficult to accomplish, resolve, endure, or deal with

  2. : capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor

  3. : unruly, rowdyish

  1. : in a tough manner (see 1tough)

  1. : a tough and violent person : rowdy

  1. : to bear unflinchingly : endure

hard play
  1. : not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure

  2. : not capable of being spread : very firm

  3. : having a harsh or acid taste

  1. : with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously

  2. : in a violent manner : fiercely

  3. : to the full extent

row play
  1. : to propel a boat by means of oars

  2. : to move by or as if by the propulsion of oars

  3. : to propel with or as if with oars

  1. : an act or instance of rowing

  1. : a number of objects arranged in a usually straight line

  2. : way, street

  3. : a street or area dominated by a specific kind of enterprise or occupancy

  1. : to form into rows

  1. : a noisy disturbance or quarrel

  1. : to engage in a row : have a quarrel

hoe play
  1. : any of various implements for tilling, mixing, or raking

  2. : backhoe

  1. : to work with a tool with a thin flat blade on a long handle to cultivate, weed, or loosen the earth around plants : to use or work with a hoe (see 1hoe) or backhoe

  2. : to weed, cultivate, or thin (a crop) with a hoe (see 1hoe)

  3. : to remove (weeds) by hoeing


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