a rough time

a rough time

A challenging period during which one struggles to do or cope with something. John went through a rough time after losing both his job and his wife during the same year. I had a rough time repairing the engine because it was so rusty, but I eventually got it running again.
See also: rough, time
References in classic literature ?
stead of taking to the woods when I run off, I'd go down the river about fifty mile and camp in one place for good, and not have such a rough time tramping on foot.
I daresay Smith had a rough time of it that evening with one noise and another, and this insane, disturbing voice crying obstinately through the door only added to his irritation.
As with all stocks with connections to the semiconductor sector, A has had a rough time lately.