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hard sledding


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hard sledding (uncountable)

  1. Difficulties, generally; a rough time.
    • 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 4:
      When things got so Wolfe had to cut down expenses [] , Saul Panzer and I got our weekly envelopes sliced, but [Fred] Durkin's was stopped altogether. Wolfe called him in when he was needed and paid him by the day, so I still saw him off and on and knew he was having hard sledding. []
      "Hello, Fred do I owe you something?"
      [] "How are you, Mr. Wolfe. I wish to God you did. If there was anybody owed me anything I'd be with him like a saddle on a horse."