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give someone a hard time

Definition of give someone a hard time in English:

informal Deliberately make a situation difficult for someone.
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.
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