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    a tall order

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Dear Son: In your last letter you asked me to tell you something about my ancestry. That’s a pretty tall order.

    a tall order = a large order = an arduous task

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V

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    Re: a tall order

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Dear Son: In your last letter you asked me to tell you something about my ancestry. Thatís a pretty tall order.

    a tall order = a large order = an arduous task

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V
    It's not necessarily a large or time-consuming task, it's just that it's something that's going to be difficult to do.

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