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uphill battle

uphill battle English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Nov 26 2018

Themes: Hobbies, Sports, Travel

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I’m fighting a real uphill battle to get to the top.”

—Ebaby!’s Andy, speaking about a difficult journey

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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something very challenging; fighting to reach a goal

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Hiking is difficult. But Andy is hiking uphill. This is even more difficult! He has to fight his way to get to the top even though he is tired. It is literally an uphill battle for him.

An uphill battle doesn’t need to be a hike, though. Any difficult task or hard-earned goal is an uphill battle. When was the last time you won an uphill battle? Do you like to work against a challenge?

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Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“It was an uphill battle to get him to admit he was wrong.”

“Arguing against the President is an uphill battle.”

“Trying to win an argument against my mom is always an uphill battle.”

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