it's tough going

"It's tough going" means "it's difficult" or "there are a lot of problems".

Here are some situations that can be described as "tough going":

  • A sports team's losing season:

    It's been tough going for the Lakers this season.

  • A country's bad economy

    It's tough going for millions of unemployed Brits right now.

  • Emergency workers' effort to help people after a large natural disaster

    Rescuers are desperately searching for survivors, but so far it's been tough going.

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