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Difficult to do and involving a lot of effort - thesaurus

Synonyms

difficult

adjective

not easy to do, deal with, or understand

hard

adverb

using a lot of effort

tough

adjective

difficult

demanding

adjective

needing a lot of time, ability, and energy

challenging

adjective

difficult to deal with or achieve, but interesting and enjoyable

arduous

adjective

extremely difficult and involving a lot of effort

taxing

adjective

difficult, and needing a lot of physical or mental effort

punishing

adjective

extremely difficult, tiring, or damaging

complicated

adjective

difficult to do, deal with, or understand, especially because of involving a lot of different processes or aspects

be an effort

to be difficult, tiring, or boring to do

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ambitious

adjective

an ambitious plan, aim, or attempt is difficult and will need a lot of effort to succeed

awkward

adjective

something that is awkward is difficult to move or use because of its shape or position

be a son of a bitch

offensive to be very difficult to do

be hard-pressed (to do something)

used for saying that something is difficult to do or is unlikely to happen

be murder

to be very difficult, unpleasant, or uncomfortable

be no joke

to be very difficult or unpleasant

be no tea party

to be difficult or unpleasant

be slow going

used for saying that progress is slow and difficult to achieve

cannot very well do something

used for saying that it is difficult, wrong, or stupid for someone to do something

delicate

adjective

a delicate process is difficult, needing care and a lot of skill

devilish

adjective

informal used for emphasizing how difficult or unpleasant something is

easier said than done

used for saying that something is a good idea but will be difficult to achieve

elusive

adjective

difficult or impossible to achieve

exacting

adjective

needing a lot of skill and care

fiddly

adjective

mainly Britishinformal difficult and annoying because you have to make small complicated movements with your fingers

generous

adjective

a generous action takes more time or effort than is usual or expected

grueling

adjective

involving a lot of continuous effort

hard

adjective

difficult to do

hard

adjective

involving a great deal of effort

hard-earned

adjective

earned or achieved only after a lot of effort

hard-fought

adjective

fought with a lot of effort, especially against a very determined opponent

heavy

adjective

involving a lot of physical effort

heavy

adjective

informal serious and difficult

heavy going

something that is heavy going is difficult to achieve or understand

hell for leather

very quickly, or with a lot of effort

herculean

adjective

needing a lot of strength and determination in order to be achieved

impossible

adjective

extremely difficult to do or to deal with

intense

adjective

involving or done with a lot of effort, energy, attention, etc.

intensive

adjective

involving a lot of effort, energy, or attention

like getting blood from a stone

used for saying that it is very difficult to persuade someone to give you something or tell you something

like hell

spoken with a lot of speed or effort

narrow

adjective

achieved with difficulty, in a way that shows how close the result was

persnickety

adjective

Americaninformal difficult to do because you have to deal with a lot of small objects and details

precision

adjective

needing skill and accurate movements

rocket science

noun

informal a difficult activity that you need to be intelligent to do or understand. This word often shows that you do not think an activity is difficult at all

rugged

adjective

needing a lot of physical strength

sensitive

adjective

needing to be dealt with carefully

sensitivity

noun

a situation in which something needs to be dealt with carefully because people could be offended

severe

adjective

needing a lot of effort, skill, or ability

strenuous

adjective

a strenuous activity is one in which it is necessary for you to use a lot of effort, energy, or strength

take a bit of doing

to need a lot of effort, skill, or determination to do

take some doing

used for saying that something will be very difficult to do

that’s/it’s easier said than done

used for telling someone that what they are advising you to do is not easy to achieve

time-consuming

adjective

something that is time-consuming takes a long time to do

tricky

adjective

difficult to do

try as someone might

used for saying that someone is making a very great effort but still cannot do something

unmanageable

adjective

extremely difficult to control or organize

uphill

adjective

difficult to do or to achieve

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