a hard time

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*a hard time

 and *a bad time; *a rough time
trouble [over something]; unnecessary difficulty. (*Typically: have ~ give someone ∼.) Please don't give me a hard time. The clerk got a hard time from the boss, so he quit.
See also: hard, 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.