a rough time

a rough time

A challenging period during which one struggles to do or cope with something. John went through a rough time after losing both his job and his wife during the same year. I had a rough time repairing the engine because it was so rusty, but I eventually got it running again.
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rough time

n. a hard time; a bad time. I didn’t mean to give you such a rough time. I’m sorry.
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But if Parksy thought he got a rough time on live TV for expressing a low opinion of women's football in this column, that's nothing compared to what's in store for Open Golf Championship chief Peter Dawson.