- (idiomatic) A difficult period of time.
- We're running out of money. It's going to be rough sledding from now on, but we'll have to cope.
- 2007 December 3, anonymous GOP strategist, quoted in Dan Balz, "'30 Days of Rough Sledding'" (blog entry), The Washington Post online:
- Rudy's team did not handle last weeks discovery well. They are in for 30 days of rough sledding.