Definition of take some doing in English:

take some doing


  • Be difficult to achieve.

    ‘it would take some doing to calm him down’
    • ‘‘There were no pictures there that our mainstream audience could find offensive, which took some doing,’ he says.’
    • ‘To send a horse 12000 miles to win Australia's most famous race took some doing and to do it twice makes it even more astonishing.’
    • ‘This took some doing, I don't mind saying, as there were three of us who ‘shared’ the computer.’
    • ‘I'm not disheartened… it will take some doing to undo the bad habits of a lifetime.’
    • ‘Filling more than 104,000 sandbags takes some doing!’
    • ‘The reopening was achieved, which took some doing, and the infrastructure has been improved.’
    • ‘They can mark one, perhaps two, but keeping an eye on Ireland's three most potent forces at the same time will take some doing.’
    • ‘It took some doing to stand still when there were bullets flying about but you had to, to save your life.’
    • ‘It takes some doing to sing before eight million viewers.’
    • ‘You law students might think that we old law profs just dash these things off in an hour, but, in fact, it takes some doing.’
    effort, exertion, work, hard work, application, labour, toil, struggle, strain
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