Definition of have a mountain to climb in English:

have a mountain to climb

phrase

  • Be facing a very difficult task.

    ‘we have a mountain to climb, but I am looking forward to the challenge’
    • ‘No wonder credibility in politics has a mountain to climb!’
    • ‘I have a mountain to climb, but I'll start tomorrow.’
    • ‘The Welsh regions have a mountain to climb after all losing in Europe this weekend, but the prospect of them scaling new heights are slim.’
    • ‘We still have a mountain to climb to stop this happening but it is not insurmountable if there is democracy.’
    • ‘‘Andrew has a mountain to climb, and he will be climbing it for the rest of his life,’ said Deborah.’
    • ‘It's a crucial match for the Scottish side, who have a mountain to climb if they want to reach the group stages.’
    • ‘I longed to get a steady rhythm going and muttered impatiently that we had a mountain to climb.’
    • ‘Wicklow had a mountain to climb but the strength of the wind suggested that they could do it provided they got a few early scores.’
    • ‘‘I know I have a mountain to climb before reversing this error, but I know I have to start somewhere,’ he said.’
    • ‘But daring though the raid is, they still have a mountain to climb to avoid the dreaded prospect of street fighting.’