A difficult or trying experience; a hard time or task: While the ground crew didn’t exactly have to carry me onto the plane kicking and screaming, it was no picnic/ It’s no picnic, teaching people to play (1888+)
Difficult, no fun, as in Recovering from abdominal surgery is no picnic. This expression, alluding to a picnic as a pleasant occasion, was first recorded in 1888.
[noh-pleys] /ˈnoʊˌpleɪs/ adverb 1. .
n. also noplace, “place which does not exist,” 1929, from no + place (n.).
adjective Dull and tedious; deadsville noun A small, unimportant town; jerk town (1950s+ Students)
/ˈnəʊˌpəʊ/ noun acronym 1. no person operation; driverless trains suggested as a means of increasing the efficiency of some railway systems