The noun phrase ‘abig ask’ has become popular in many sports in recent times and means that something is very difficult to do. So, for example in football if a team are losing by 2 or 3 goals in a game it is a big ask for them to come back and win the match. Sometimes the phrase is used when a team in a low position in the league – and not playing very well – faces a stronger team in a higher position and we use this phrase ‘It’s a big ask for the non-league side to try and win away at Liverpool’. A big ask.
Example: It was a big ask for bottom side Sunderland to try and defeat league leaders Chelsea and sure enough they lost 0-2.
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