hard row to hoe

[hard row to hoe] or [tough row to hoe] {n. phr.} A hard life tolive; a very hard job to do.

She has a hard row to hoe with sixchildren and her husband dead.

Young people without enougheducation will have a tough row to hoe when they have to supportthemselves.

Syn.: HARD SLEDDING. Compare: DOWN ON ONE'S LUCK, HARDNUT TO CRACK.