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bad times

Times of trouble, struggle, or unhappiness. I've had bad times since losing my job, but I'm trying to stay positive.
See also: bad, times

difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer

Situations that are very challenging or seem hopeless take longer to complete than ones that are merely difficult. Kate is undeterred by any problem I bring her. She truly embraces the idea that difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer.

make life difficult (for someone)

To subject someone to malicious or mean-spirited treatment; to cause a lot of problems, pressure, or stress for someone. Tom has been making life difficult ever since he found out I'd snitched on him to the boss about taking office supplies. There's a group of bullies who love making life difficult for us.
See also: difficult, life, make

tread a/the (type of) path

To choose a particular kind of lifestyle that one commits to. My brother's always treaded a solitary path, no matter how much we reach out to him. You'll be treading a tough path if you decide to drop out of college now.
See also: path, tread

bad times

 and difficult times; trying times; hard times; tough times
a period that offers difficulties, such as when there is not enough food, money, or work. We went through trying times when Perry was out of work, but we all bounced back.
See also: bad, times

difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer

Prov. Tasks that are only difficult are done immediately, harder tasks take longer. (Describes a very competent group or person.) The secretary in our office is extremely capable. She has a little sign on her desk that says, "The difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer." In her case, it's not a joke.

make life ˈdifficult (for somebody)

cause problems for somebody: She does everything she can to make life difficult for him.
See also: difficult, life, make

tread a difficult, solitary, etc. ˈpath

choose and follow a particular way of life, way of doing something, etc: A restaurant has to tread the tricky path between maintaining quality and keeping prices down.
See also: path, tread
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Awake tracheal intubation is often considered as one of the safest performants for patients with known or predicted difficult airways,[14] but the technique itself is a tremendous stimulating and uncomfortable procedure.
He explained: "It is always difficult to play and resist, sometimes under pressure.
Graeme Dey, SNP MSP for Angus South, said: "It's her job to make difficult decisions.
We do not mind May being bloody difficult, as she puts it, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brexit talks.
dagger]) Based on the survey question that asked "By yourself, and without using any special equipment, how difficult is it for you to stand or be on your feet for about 2 hours?
Another book which was very difficult to write was 'The War at the End of the World,' which is set not in Peru but in Brazil.
Workplaces are filled with all types of people, and some of them can be very difficult to get along with.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, "According to you, in today's world is it more difficult to get an education or more difficult to get a job?
Although, many advances have been made and many methods have been used to overcome unanticipated difficult airway (Difficult laryngoscopic intubation), the existing bedside tests such as:
Muscat: About 70 percent of companies in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are finding it difficult to search candidates for senior positions with the required skills, a new survey has found.
After endotracheal intubations, frequency of difficult intubations was evaluated (i.
The preoperative assessment data and the intubation findings were used to determine the accuracy of the above mentioned tests in predicting difficult intubation.
Results: Of the 357 patients 125(35%) were classified as difficult to intubate.
Comments from our survey were critical of multiple difficult airway databases and alert systems, which are not linked and do not lead automatically to a single source of information.
The Tory leader said: "I am sorry for all the hard-working Conservative councillors who lost their seats, obviously against a difficult national backdrop.