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Tough row to hoe


(Old fashioned) Hardship. A difficult if not impossible endeavor. Comes from the fact that farmers make a  row with a hand hoe to make a furrow for planting seeds, if the soil is hard, it becomes difficult.

“Ever since her husband lost his arm at the factory she’s had a difficult row to hoe to keep food on the table.”


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