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have one's work cut out for one



have one's work cut out for one

  1. (idiomatic) To face a large task or project.
    If he plans to translate all the idioms, he has his work cut out for him.
    • 2011 September 16, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      While Henry will no doubt earmark areas for improvement, and take into account the weakness of the opposition, it was a far more efficient and focused display than against Tonga and suggests the French will have their work cut out to avoid finishing second in the group in Auckland next week.
    • 2018 January 18, Jennifer Rubin, “How the Republicans are blowing their blame game”, in The Washington Post[2]:
      Republicans will have their work cut out for them trying to shift blame to Democrats for their own erratic, haphazard and incoherent process.