Saturday, November 13, 2010

West Hawaii Today

I saw this headline on the front page of the sport's section. Unless the author intended to conjure up the image of a chain gang (which is what this headline makes me think of), I believe the idiom commonly used to indicate a difficult situation- such as the heavy burden facing the local high school football team- would be to say "tough row to hoe". In other words, the team faces a situation that is difficult to handle. ('A hard row to hoe' is the alternative form.)

1 comment:

Pat said...

Very good, Cindy. Thank you!

The Free Dictionary glosses this idiom and others using the word row.