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an uphill battle | struggle | task

Meaning: If doing something is an uphill battle, an uphill struggle or an uphill task, it is difficult to do because of obstacles such as opposition from other people.

For example:

  • Getting a permit to open a bar is an uphill battle - unless you know someone on the council, that is.

  • Looking for a job when you're in your 60's is an uphill task these days. Most companies want youth, not experience.

Note: "An uphill fight" and "an uphill job" are also used to mean the same thing, but they are less common.

Quick Quiz:

Getting the drug rehabilitation centre built will be an uphill battle because
  1. it's being built on a mountain
  2. it's the best place to build it
  3. local people are opposed to it

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