heavy going


: difficult to do or finish
The cold made the race heavy going for many runners.
The book is really heavy going at the beginning.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Panniers loaded with supplies, the XF900 is a bit tail heavy going home, some rear preload adjustability (either with air or spring rate) would be a welcome addition to the rear shock. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2022 Having that perspective made the process heavy going. Hilda Bastian, The Atlantic, 12 Oct. 2022 Despite moments of theatrical audacity, much of the storytelling was heavy going. David Benedict, Variety, 8 Dec. 2021 Such themes could be heavy going for even the most gifted artists and their listeners. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2021 Mr Guterres started as secretary-general by emphasising crisis prevention, but this has proved heavy going, given the divisions among the big powers and the growing complexity of conflicts. The Economist, 18 June 2020

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“Heavy going.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy%20going. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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