Idiom: a rocky start

Definition: a difficult beginning, a rough start


In the end, the project ended well — on time, and under budget. However, in the beginning, it had a rocky start — important employees quit, there was no clear direction, and there was no support from management.

Often, when you start a new project, it is important to start small. If you try something too big, you might get overwhelmed, and have a rocky start.


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