Definition of heavy going in English:

heavy going

phrase

  • Difficult or boring to deal with.

    ‘she found Hilary heavy going’
    • ‘Its myriad of metaphors, however, makes it heavy going and I found it tiresome in the extreme - and shocking in part.’
    • ‘Changing from two to four-wheel drive can be done on the move, and you can then flick into low-ratio mode for the really heavy going.’
    • ‘The downside is that some of this stuff can be heavy going.’
    • ‘Light entertainment can be surprisingly heavy going.’
    • ‘We always finish the uphill run with 10 or so sprints in the baking sun - that's heavy going, I can tell you.’
    • ‘Being an avid bookaholic I often take something quite heavy going to last me the duration, unless we are travelling by car and then I usually manage to sneak a carrier bag of books in!’
    • ‘Then again, that kind of thing is a little bit heavy going for when you're stuck in an airport.’
    • ‘Connoisseurs of traditional Hungarian cuisine delight in its range of piquant flavours and aromas, and dishes which are spicy and often rather heavy going.’
    • ‘The course was very wet and muddy, making it heavy going.’
    • ‘While it was heavy going underfoot, both teams worked hard and provided some entertaining football.’
    • ‘There are many books I start, then stick on for whatever reason; not in the mood, they're too heavy going, too light, I'm not old enough yet, too old.’
    • ‘We spent that night huddled in tents beneath the top of the pass, and by the next afternoon, despite the heavy going, we were nearing the top.’
    • ‘Her open-wound honesty has made some of her albums heavy going, but here she applies her trademark whispered vocals to her most accessible collection in a decade.’
    • ‘As most of the books are heavy going and may not tempt us to read them voluntarily, the writer deserves our thanks for arousing our interest in knowing more about them.’
    • ‘It might be a bit heavy going, as it's written for an academic readership (so I've no doubt it will appear jargon-laden to some), and it's fairly long.’
    • ‘It was quite heavy going because of the heat and there were night duties.’
    • ‘It was relatively heavy going in the muddy conditions and was surprisingly an enjoyable game for the home side supporters despite the frustration of watching a tentative home side that has not played as a team for some time.’
    • ‘It's heavy going but it's a wonderful narrative history of the role of both Islam and the army in the Pakistani nation-building exercise from the 1940s to the present day.’
    • ‘The book is densely written, and the style can be heavy going but it will be an essential source-book for social historians.’
    • ‘It has been mentioned that public bodies find it heavy going to dig out old records.’
    tedious, difficult, dull, dry, serious, over-serious, heavy-going, dreary, boring, turgid, uninteresting, wearisome, dry as dust
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