give (one) a bad time

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give (one) a bad time

To tease, mock, or criticize one, usually over some action, task, or achievement. The coach really gave me a bad time when I missed that catch last night. I feel a little mean because I gave him such a bad time about his date last night.
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give somebody a rough, hard, bad, etc. ˈtime (of it)

(informal) make somebody’s life very difficult because you do not like them: Ever since I started work here, she’s been shouting at me and giving me a hard time.
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