a devil of a time

a devil of a time

A difficult or frustrating time; much difficulty. I'm having a devil of a time getting this window open—I think it has been painted shut. We had a devil of a time convincing Grandpa to go to the doctor for that bad cough.
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devil of a time

 and the devil's own time
a very difficult time. I had a devil of a time with my taxes. This cold has been giving me a devil of a time. Fixing the car seemed easy, but I had the devil's own time doing it.
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a devil of a time

and the devil of a time
n. a very difficult time. I had a devil of a time with my taxes.
See also: devil, of, time