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English definition of “a (heavy) cross to bear”

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a (heavy) cross to bear

an unpleasant or painful situation or person that you have to accept and deal with, although you find it very difficult
Translations of “a (heavy) cross to bear”
in Chinese (Traditional) 沈重的十字架, 煩惱, 心理負擔…
in Chinese (Simplified) 沉重的十字架, 烦恼, 心理负担…
(Definition of a (heavy) cross to bear from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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