Meaning of “give sb a hard time” in the English Dictionary

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"give sb a hard time" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “give sb a hard time” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)