tall order



tall order ‎(plural tall orders)

  1. (idiomatic) A big job; a difficult challenge.
    • 1911, E. Phillips Oppenheim Havoc, ch. 6—The Night Train from Vienna:
      "Guess they'd find it a pretty tall order trying to interfere with an American citizen."
    • 2009, Tyler Hamilton, "50,000 green jobs ‘a tall order," Toronto Star, 25 Feb. (retrieved 27 Feb. 2009):
      Frank Macedo . . . said creating that many jobs in three years is "a tall order."


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