give (one) a rough time(redirected from give him a rough time)
give (one) a rough time
To cause one to experience challenges or unhappiness, often through harsh treatment or through being difficult to deal with or handle. Boy, your dad really gave me a rough time last night—I don't think he likes me very much. The engine gave me a rough time because it was so rusty, but I eventually got it running again.
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give somebody a rough, hard, bad, etc. ˈtime (of it)(informal) make somebody’s life very difficult because you do not like them: Ever since I started work here, she’s been shouting at me and giving me a hard time.
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