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make heavy weather of (something)

To make something harder or more laborious to do, especially more than is usual or necessary. The bill was passed two years ago, but the government has made heavy weather of implementing the law at a local level. The top-ranked team made heavy weather of what should have been a relatively easy win.
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make heavy weather

see under heavy going.
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make heavy weather of something

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If someone makes heavy weather of a task, they behave as if the task is more difficult than it really is or take too much time doing it. She was carrying a bag of groceries behind her and making heavy weather of it. Milligan's troubled team made heavy weather of last night's draw at Stockport County. Note: Ships were said to make heavy weather when they handled badly and were difficult to control in rough seas.
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make heavy weather (or work) of

have unnecessary difficulty in dealing with a task or problem. informal
In a nautical context, heavy weather means ‘violent wind accompanied by heavy rain or rough sea’.
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make heavy weather of

To exaggerate the difficulty of something to be done.
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The Sons made heavy weather of beating Brechin but with Inverness losing at Dunfermline they moved to within six points of the Highland side in the fight to avoid the play-offs.
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COVENTRY continued their unbeaten start in National League One but made heavy weather of it against a home side still looking for their first win of the season.
As for the game, for all Sunderland made heavy weather of it against the Shrews, they rarely looked like coming a cropper.
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Northop made heavy weather of getting past their target,losing five wickets before doing so.
Brymbo made heavy weather of getting home but did so with three wickets remaining.
The Premier League champions made heavy weather of their Championship visitors and fell behind to Atdhe Nuhiu's 14th minute strike.
They have made heavy weather of chasing in the competition, but returning top IPL runscorer Robin Uthappa was a steadying influence against Lahore and looks a bet at 11-4 to top-score for the Knight Riders.
The dethroned champions made heavy weather of the Lochaber visitors, despite Barrie Stephen firing them into a 19th-minute lead.
Rahane's 52-ball 59 and his 77-run stand for the fourth wicket with Stuart Binny (47 not out) had put Rajasthan on the victory path after they made heavy weather of their modest run chase of 133, losing three quick wickets early on in their 2014 IPL opener at the Shaikh Zayed Stadium.
They made heavy weather of it, twice going into the lead through Scott Allan.
Summary: Kolkata: Chennai Super Kings made heavy weather of a small chase before Ravindra Jadeja's .
Under 12 Siddal 18 Moldgreen 10 MOLDGREEN made heavy weather of this first game of the season - particularly in the first half.
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