rough/tough going

Definition of rough/tough going

:hard work :a difficult situation
  • This is a big job, and it's going to be rough/tough going for a while.

Word by Word Definitions

rough play
  1. : marked by inequalities, ridges, or projections on the surface : coarse

  2. : covered with or made up of coarse and often shaggy hair — compare smooth, wirehaired

  3. : having a broken, uneven, or bumpy surface

  1. : roughly

  2. : without usual conveniences

  1. : uneven ground covered with high grass, brush, and stones

  2. : the rugged or disagreeable side or aspect

  3. : something in a crude, unfinished, or preliminary state

  1. : roughen

  2. : to subject to abuse : manhandle, beat

  3. : to subject to unnecessary and intentional violence in a sport

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

going play
  1. : an act or instance of going

  2. : behavior, actions

  3. : the condition of the ground (as for walking)

  1. : that goes

  2. : working, moving

  3. : living, existing


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