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Something that is difficult or unpleasant to do or deal with

mare

noun

a very unpleasant and difficult situation or activity

the elephant in the room

a serious problem that everyone is aware of but no one wants to talk about

task

noun

something that you have to do, often something that is difficult or unpleasant

burden

noun

a serious or difficult responsibility that you have to deal with

necessity

noun

something that is difficult or unpleasant but cannot be avoided

chore

noun

an unpleasant, boring, or difficult thing that must be done

struggle

noun

something that takes a lot of physical or mental effort

headache

noun

something that causes you a lot of problems

the impossible

something that is impossible or very difficult to do

a tall order

something very difficult that someone expects you to do

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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