an awkward customer

an awkward customer

a person, group, or thing that causes problems, usually because they will not behave in the way you want or expect them to There's usually at least one awkward customer who insists on doing everything according to the rule book.
See also: awkward, customer
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The Aussie's reputation as an awkward customer will not scare off Ferguson who took Cantona under his wing and also tried to sign the maverick Paolo Di Canio several times.
He said his girlfriend Alison Dragoonis - who worked at the restaurant - told him Mr Reynolds had been an awkward customer and had pushed her.
Viduka's reputation as an awkward customer will not scare off Ferguson who took Cantona under his wing and also tried for the maverick Paolo Di Canio on several occasions.
He is an awkward customer who is not afraid to ask difficult questions.
There are a lot of fighters who don't want to go near Witter because he's an awkward customer who can make you look bad and he's got power as well.
He's certainly an awkward customer to handle and it takes about four men to lift him.
Mum is an awkward customer but she couldn't be disappointed with a stylish leather bag from Next, costing pounds 59.
AN awkward customer who delivers the ball from his 6ft 7in frame.
The Springfield Honda-backed Eagles will also have to get to grips with Sterling Davis, always an awkward customer during his spells with Brighton and the Towers before moving north to join the Sharks over the summer.
Brian is a nice guy even though he can be an awkward customer to handle on the park.
It was the handler's first two-yearold winner of the season and Loder said: 'This colt has been an awkward customer ever since we broke him in but work rider Tony Proctor and Frankie have educated him.
And on his striker's contribution coach Hugh McAuley said: "He gets on the end of things and he's an awkward customer.
Giddins has the reputation of being a bit of an awkward customer but he has been welcomed into the fold.
Swifty' believes Selby will be an awkward customer, keen to stay out of range for as long as possible but the 24-year-old says he can defeat the Liverpool man in which ever way he chooses.
The challenger had a slight height advantage and his rangy style made him an awkward customer but Burns' superior skills always gave him the upper hand.