difficult times

difficult times

Times of trouble, struggle, or unhappiness. I've had difficult times since losing my job, but I'm trying to stay positive.
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This seemed to be one of the difficult times: the Professor lifted him up, once or twice, and shook him violently: but he always returned to his book the moment he was let go of, and showed by his heavy breathing that the book was as interesting as ever.
And once they have children, the most difficult times will seem to them happy, so long as there is love and courage.
We live in difficult times, in times of monstrous chimeras and evil dreams and criminal follies.
Doran has a hundred curious things to note:--that Richard the Third, for instance, who has retained a so unflattering possession of the stage, was its "first practically useful patron." We see Queen Elizabeth full of misgiving at a difficult time at the popularity of Richard the Second:--"The deposition and death of King Richard the [82] Second." "Tongues whisper to the Queen that this play is part of a great plot to teach her subjects how to murder kings." It is perhaps not generally known that Charles Shakespeare, William's brother, survived till the Restoration.
During all this difficult time Alexey Alexandrovitch had noticed that his worldly acquaintances, especially women, took a peculiar interest in him and his wife.
The more restless he got, the worse she got; and I must say, for myself, that I had a very difficult time of it indeed between the two.
I had to see him several times in the interest of a poor devil so unlucky that he didn't even have a more competent friend than myself to speak for him at a very difficult time in his life.
It tells an important story of adolescents struggling with their own weaknesses during difficult times.
"Especially in these difficult times, American Jewry must be more vigilant than ever in its support of Israel's educational institutions."
Smart CEOs increase their visibility in difficult times, not just in person, but also in print and online, in audio- and video-conference meetings, in newsletters, and in emails.
The most prevalent message is how two people can maintain during the most difficult times.
Clearly, they were written by fellow Christians who have been there, in both the good and the difficult times.
Gordon Brown yesterday called on people to vote in the tomorrow's local elections as he insisted the Government would steer the British economy through difficult times.
The challenge of living daily with a biological time bomb, sojourning through difficult times, the crucial support of friends and family and the difficult choices that take their toll, as well as wisdom borne of 20/20 hindsight, fill this powerful testimony.
"This first REBNY Retail Report to observe the market over twelve months shows, however, that, even in difficult times, our most established shopping corridors remain destinations for customers from all over the city, region, nation and the rest of the world."
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