Definition of have one's work cut out in English:

have one's work cut out


  • Be faced with a hard or lengthy task.

    ‘Shaw had his work cut out keeping fires at bay in London’
    • ‘Study hard Anna, you have your work cut out for you!’
    • ‘Julia is a hard act to follow and I will have my work cut out.’
    • ‘Richards will have her work cut out to convince clients the cuts were needed and stop a further damaging exodus.’
    • ‘‘You have your work cut out for you,’ she said, and began to clear the table.’
    • ‘In the absence of global Australian education brand names, our universities - and our other non-traditional providers - have their work cut out.’
    • ‘But bamboo growers and promoters have their work cut out for them if they want to create a solid industry in Mexico, in part because they are starting almost from scratch.’