uphill battle

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of uphill battle

: a very difficult struggle
  • Starting her own business has proven to be an uphill battle.

Word by Word Definitions

uphill play
  1. : upward on a hill or incline

  2. : against difficulties

  1. : rising ground : ascent

  1. : situated on elevated ground

  2. : going up : ascending

  3. : being the higher one or part especially of a set

battle play
  1. : battalion

  2. : a combat between two persons

  3. : a general encounter between armies, ships of war, or aircraft

  1. : to engage in combat between individuals or armed forces : to engage in battle : fight

  2. : to contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources : struggle

  3. : to fight or struggle against

  1. : to fortify with battlements


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