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Daemon
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a long row to hoe

A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront. More...

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a long row to hoe — A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront.
thar
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A long row?
1 - that just takes longer, it is not any harder
And
2 you split land into fields, so a row can't be that long. You just have two fields to hoe instead if one!

A hard row, on the other hand, is, um, [b]difficult[\b]


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Definition of 'a hard row to hoe'
Learner: a hard row to hoeEnglish: a hard row to hoe
a hard row to hoe
or a tough row to hoe

phrase [NOUN inflects]
If you say that someone has a hard row to hoe or a tough row to hoe, you mean that they are in a difficult situation and have many problems to deal with.

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Sometimes a long row to hoe might turn into a blessing. What could depend on, for example, a right approach to the problem.



Irish Seed Trade Association (ISTA) ran two days ago a seminar in Tullow, Co. Carlow.
During the event representative of the Department of Agriculture stressed the importance of using the recommended list guiding on how much seed is available for each variety in 2018.
As a dear for me example could be given 'barley', although beer contains actually more than 90% water.


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Drag0nspeaker
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It's probably a British/American difference.

In America (both Canada and the USA, I guess) you will find ginormous "factory farms"



Imagine hoeing one of those rows by hand! A 'long row' is quite a difficult job.

Whereas in Britain, farmland is separated by drystone walls, hedgerows and bits of woodland:



So you can never really have a row long enough to be a real problem - it has to be a 'tough' row (stony and hard).

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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