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English definition of “give sb a hard time”

give sb a hard time

informal
C2 to make things difficult or unpleasant for someone: Her kids always give her a hard time when she takes them shopping . My mother gave me a really hard time (= was angry with me) about staying out late.Causing difficulties for oneself or others Grammar:TimeTime is a noun with a number of meanings. In some senses it is countable, and in others it is uncountable. A good learner’s dictionary will give you its many meanings and tell you whether it is countable or uncountable.
(Definition of give sb a hard time from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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