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difficult

adjective uk   /ˈdɪf.ɪ.kəlt/ us  
A1 needing skill or effort: a difficult problem/choice/task/language [+ to infinitive] It will be very difficult to prove that they are guilty. Many things make it difficult for women to reach the top in US business. [+ -ing verb] He finds it extremely difficult being a single parent.
Opposite
B1 not friendly, easy to deal with, or behaving well: [+ to infinitive] The manager is difficult to deal with/a difficult person to deal with. His wife is a very difficult woman. Please children, don't be so difficult!
(Definition of difficult from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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