informal Deliberately make a situation difficult for someone.
More example sentences
- When his turn comes, the workers will not give him a hard time or cause him trouble.
- She treads a very fine line - the boss gives her a hard time and the boys give her a hard time, so she's sometimes in a no-win situation.
- If the media's giving you a hard time, don't complain about it publicly.
Definition of give someone a hard time in:
- The US English dictionary