Roget category 7045. Words relating to the voluntary powers
› 5.4. Antagonism
›› 5.4.1. Conditional antagonism
uphill work —
Augean task† —
task of Sisyphus,
dilemma, embarrassment — deadlock — perplexity etc. (uncertainty) 475 — intricacy — entanglement, complexity etc. 59 — cross fire — awkwardness, delicacy, ticklish card to play, knot, Gordian knot, dignus vindice nodus [Lat.], net, meshes, maze — coil etc. (convolution) 248 — crooked path — involvement.
nice point, delicate point, subtle point, knotty point — vexed question, vexata quaestio [Lat.], poser — puzzle etc. (riddle) 533 — paradox — hard nut to crack, nut to crack — bone to pick, crux, pons asinorum [Lat.], where the shoe pinches.
nonplus, quandary, strait, pass, pinch, pretty pass, stress, brunt — critical situation, crisis — trial, rub, emergency, exigency, scramble.
scrape, hobble, slough, quagmire, hot water, hornet's nest — sea of troubles, peck of troubles — pretty kettle of fish — pickle, stew, imbroglio, mess, ado — false position.
set fast, stand, standstill — deadlock, dead set.
fix, horns of a dilemma, cul de sac [Fr.] — hitch — stumbling block etc. (hindrance) 706.
[difficult person] crab — curmudgeon.
run one hard,
go against the grain,
try one's patience,
put one out —
put to one's shifts,
put to one's wit's end —
go hard with one,
try one —
bring to a deadlock —
be in the way of
meet with difficulties — labor under difficulties — get into difficulties — plunge into difficulties — struggle with difficulties — contend with difficulties — grapple with difficulties — labor under a disadvantage — be in difficulty etc. adj.. fish in troubled waters, buffet the waves, swim against the stream, scud under bare poles.
Have much ado with, have a hard time of it — come to the push, come to the pinch — bear the brunt.
grope in the dark, lose one's way, weave a tangled web, walk among eggs.
get into a scrape etc. n. — bring a hornet's nest about one's ears — be put to one's shifts — flounder, boggle, struggle — not know which way to turn etc. (uncertain) 475 — perdre son Latin [Fr.] — stick at, stick in the mud, stick fast — come to a stand, come to a standstill, come to a deadlock — hold the wolf by the ears, hold the tiger by the tail.
render difficult etc. adj. — enmesh, encumber, embarrass, ravel, entangle — put a spoke in the wheel etc. (hinder) 706 — lead a pretty dance.
sooner said than done —
more easily said than done,
easier said than done.
difficult to deal with, hard to deal with — ill-conditioned, crabbed, crabby — not to be handled with kid gloves, not made with rose water.
awkward, unwieldy, unmanageable — intractable, stubborn etc. (obstinate) 606 — perverse, refractory, plaguy†, trying, thorny, rugged — knotted, knotty — invious† — pathless, trackless — labyrinthine etc. (convoluted) 248 — intricate, complicated etc. (tangled) 59 — impracticable etc. (impossible) 471 — not feasible etc. 470 — desperate etc. (hopeless) 859.
embarrassing, perplexing etc. (uncertain) 475 — delicate, ticklish, critical — beset with difficulties, full of difficulties, surrounded by difficulties, entangled by difficulties, encompassed with difficulties.
under a difficulty — in a box — in difficulty, in hot water, in the suds, in a cleft stick, in a fix, in the wrong box, in a scrape etc. n., in deep water, in a fine pickle — in extremis — between two stools, between Scylla and Charybdis — surrounded by shoals, surrounded by breakers, surrounded by quicksands — at cross purposes — not out of the wood.
reduced to straits — hard pressed, sorely pressed — run hard — pinched, put to it, straitened — hard up, hard put to it, hard set — put to one's shifts — puzzled, at a loss, etc. (uncertain) 475 — at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's rope, at one's wit's end, at a nonplus, at a standstill — graveled, nonplused, nonplussed, stranded, aground — stuck fast, set fast — up a tree, at bay, aux abois [Fr.], driven into a corner, driven from pillar to post, driven to extremity, driven to one's wit's end, driven to the wall — au bout de son Latin — out of one's depth — thrown out.
accomplished with difficulty — hard-fought, hard-earned.
with much ado —
against the stream,
against the grain —
d rebours [Fr.] —
invita Minerva [Lat.] —
in the teeth of —
at a pinch,
upon a pinch —
at long odds,
against long odds.
ay there's the rub"
hic labor hoc opus [Lat.]
things are come to a pretty pass,
ab inconvenienti [Lat.] —
ad astra per aspera [Lat.] —
acun chemin de fleurs ne conduit a la gloire [Fr.].
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