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hard time

Time spent in a prison, often implied to be as unpleasant as possible. When we catch these criminals, they're going to be doing at least 20 years of hard time. Solitary confinement is the hardest time you can do.
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hard time

1. Also, hard times. A period of difficulty or hardship, especially financial hardship. For example, Since Mom died, Christmas has been a hard time for Dad, or It's been hard times for both of them since they split up. It is also put as have a hard time, as in I'm having a hard time finishing this book. Charles Dickens used Hard Times as the title of a novel about poverty (1854). A more recent version is have a time of it, which despite its ambiguity (not specifying either "good" or "bad") nearly always means "experiencing difficulty"; for example, We had quite a time of it in that hurricane. [Late 1300s]
2. give someone a hard time. Annoy or harass someone. For example, Don't let him give you a hard time; he's often late himself. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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hard time

1. n. a difficult experience. I had a hard time at the doctor’s office.
2. n. a prison sentence. (Underworld.) How much hard time does he have behind him?
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According to him, the new prosecutor will again be influenced by the politics and she will have hard time facing all the pressures that are yet to come.
The British rapper is now releasing a new version of Hard Times with Sir Elton John.
Saltman is free to return after serving a three-month suspension during MAN ERNIE ELS last night warned cheating Scot Elliot Saltman he faces a hard time now his ban is up.
I went through a really hard time, a couple years back with people just harping on the pressure of how to look perfect - obviously using me and my weight," the New York Daily News quoted her as telling USA Today.
Many times, more often than I care to admit, those hard times somehow sensitize me to experience life to the fullest.
Think of the visa applicants and do not give them a hard time, with angry faces and unfriendly attitude.
I won't give him a hard time now because he is grown up and he would probably put me on my backside if I tried to give him a hard time now.
If they are desperate, they can put it $10,000 below market and it will fly, but we are having a hard time convincing people of that,'' said Lily Yoohanna, of Century 21 Newhall Valencia Realty in Saugus.
When fans hear about these fatten "heroes," it's not that they can't handle the truth; it's that they have a hard time handling the evolving reality that our sports stars can no longer carry the burden of our expectations.
People who have a hard time waking in the morning because their bodies' internal clocks are out of syne with their sleep schedules are said to have "social jet lag" Researchers in Europe have determined that the phenomenon strongly correlates with smoking.
Prior to the building going vertical, one of the recurring comments heard in sales was that people had a hard time envisioning the building and its views," says Ben Jogodnik, Divisional Senior Vice President for Toll Brothers.
Yet Colombia Movil is having a hard time catching up to Telefonica Moviles and to Comcel, which is controlled by America Movil.
I DON'T KNOW if it's the water, but every time I'm in San Jose I have a hard time remembering anything the next day until I start flipping through my digital photos and reading my myspace.
At a retirement ceremony, he told the press that he could have retired when he was in his 70s, but he continued working to support family members who were having a hard time making ends meet, or who were attending college.