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a tall order

Meaning: If you say something's a tall order, you mean that it'll be hard to do or difficult to achieve.

For example:

  • Winning six gold medals at the Olympic Games is a tall order, but not impossible. Mark Spitz won seven at the 1972 Olympics.

  • Getting kids to read 600-page books is a tall order these days, but the writer of the Harry Potter books has managed to do it.

Quick Quiz:

We told the boss we'd do our best, but it's a tall order to
  1. take more days off
  2. double our sales in a year
  3. increase our debts in six months

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