an awkward customer

an awkward customer

A troublesome person. I don't want Joe to join the club, he's just such an awkward customer.
See also: awkward, customer
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It's an awkward customer to grow, not liking too g to oo l ost much heat, hence its spirtual home is cool Burgundy, which is a fair bit north of where most French wine is grown.
Finding life difficult against Stepanek, a former top-10 player known as an awkward customer, was one thing but this was quite another.
Anderson, who joined countrymen Peter Wright and Robert Thornton in the next stage, knows his game will have to improve if he is to live up to the billing of potential champion although he is unlikely to face such an awkward customer again.
A striker of grace and beauty, the big man is most definitely not, but he can be an awkward customer, sometimes even for the opponents.
His unorthodox style, throwing punches from different angles, makes him an awkward customer and he has age on his side being almost five years younger than Lindsay.
Heller was an awkward customer but thought more quickly than most.
the tribunal panel decided she'd merely patted Greek-born Mr Kalomoiris on the back to reassure him while he dealt A WIDOW a claim her husband's human rights breached - with an awkward customer.
He was such an awkward customer and terrorised defences.
Simon, though, showed in his victory against Federer that he could be an awkward customer and a change in tactics shifted the balance of the match.
Zola is an awkward customer," acknowledged Yeovil's Russell Slade, echoing a sentiment expressed by the managers of several of Tranmere's opponents in recent weeks.
As for his skipper's description of him as an awkward customer to play against, Tito takes that as a definite compliment.
Poland, for instance, already difficult in negotiations to reach a binding target, will certainly prove an awkward customer for the Commission.
He is an awkward customer to deal with as you have to take him out early on to the track.
The Everton manager arrived at Goodison from Preston last year with a reputation as something of an awkward customer when it came to dealing with members of Her Majesty's press.
Haynes is considered a vital cog in Worcestershire's one-day make-up, particularly in the National League where his aggressive batting and nagging medium pacers make him such an awkward customer.