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the devil's own time

A great deal of difficulty or frustration. I'm having the devil's own time getting this window open—I think it has been painted shut. It was the devil's own time convincing Grandpa to go to the doctor for that bad cough.
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the devil’s own time

n. a very difficult time; a hellish time. I had the devil’s own time with these tax forms.
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One has the devil's own time for saying something nice about nuclear generating plants, factory manufactured and embalmed food, cloning, angioplasty or cruise missiles.