have one's work cut out for one

Definition of have one's work cut out for one

used to say that the thing a person needs to do is very difficult, and he or she will have to work very hard to achieve it

Word by Word Definitions

work play
  1. : activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something:

  2. : sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result

  3. : activity that a person engages in regularly to earn a livelihood

  1. : used for work

  2. : suitable or styled for wear while working

  3. : involving or engaged in work

  1. : to bring to pass : effect

  2. : to fashion or create a useful or desired product by expending labor or exertion on : forge, shape

  3. : to make or decorate with needlework

cut play
  1. : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

  2. : to hurt the feelings of

  3. : to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. : a product of cutting: such as

  2. : an opening made with an edged instrument

  3. : a wound made by something sharp : gash

  1. : marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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