have one's work cut out for one

To face a large task or project.

If he plans to translate all the idioms, he has his work cut out for him.


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  • cut\ out — I. v slang 1. To stop; quit. All right, now let s cut out the talking. He was teasing the dog and Joe told him to cut it out. Compare: break up(3) 2. To displace in favor. Tony cut Ed out with Mary. John cut out two or three other men in trying… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut out(2) — {adj.} 1. Made ready; given for action; facing. * /Mary agreed to stay with her teacher s children all day; she did not know what was cut out for her./ Often used in the phrase have one s work cut out for one. * /If Mr. Perkins wants to become a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut out(2) — {adj.} 1. Made ready; given for action; facing. * /Mary agreed to stay with her teacher s children all day; she did not know what was cut out for her./ Often used in the phrase have one s work cut out for one. * /If Mr. Perkins wants to become a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut out — ADJ: usu with brd neg, v link ADJ, ADJ for n, ADJ to inf If you are not cut out for a particular type of work, you do not have the qualities that are needed to be able to do it well. I left medicine anyway. I wasn t really cut out for it... He… …   English dictionary

  • cut out — Synonyms and related words: abjure, abrupt, abscind, abstract, act for, alienate, amputate, annihilate, arrange, avulse, ban, bar, bob, calculate, cast, cast off, cast out, change places with, chuck, clear, clear away, clear out, clear the decks …   Moby Thesaurus

  • To cut out — Cut Cut (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cutting}.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • work — work1 W1S1 [wə:k US wə:rk] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(do a job for money)¦ 2¦(do your job)¦ 3¦(help)¦ 4¦(do an activity)¦ 5¦(try to achieve something)¦ 6¦(machine/equipment)¦ 7¦(be effective/successful)¦ 8¦(have an effect)¦ 9¦(art/style/literature)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • work — [[t]wɜ͟ː(r)k[/t]] ♦ works, working, worked 1) VERB People who work have a job, usually one which they are paid to do. [V prep/adv] Weiner works for the US Department of Transport... [V prep/adv] I started working in a recording studio... [V… …   English dictionary

  • work — 1 verb DO A JOB 1 (I) to do a job that you are paid for: Harry is 78, and still working. (+ for): David works for the BBC. | work as a secretary/builder etc: She works as a management consultant for a design company. | work long hours/nights etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • work — work1 [ wɜrk ] verb *** ▸ 1 have job ▸ 2 spend time doing something ▸ 3 operate well ▸ 4 have effect ▸ 5 move gradually ▸ 6 shape a substance ▸ 7 do calculation ▸ 8 grow crops on land ▸ 9 dig substances out ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) intransitive to have a …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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