Definition of a hard or tough row to hoe in English:

a hard (or tough) row to hoe

A difficult task: the team have a hard row to hoe to get back to the top
More example sentences
  • I'm beginning to get the feeling that if we had control freak parents we have a tough row to hoe when relating to others and particularly our own children.
  • With a kid, there are always so many little GI Joe army boots and stray Lego pieces and art projects lying around, it's a tough row to hoe to keep things tidy.
  • When my older brother went off to college and had to manage without her cooking, it was a tough row to hoe for him.
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