Had a thin time of it - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
have a thin time (of it) (redirected from had a thin time of it)
have a thin time (of it)
To experience challenges, usually due to a lack of money. We had such a thin time of it last year that we could barely afford to buy groceries. Thank goodness I've finally found a job.
have a thin time have a wretched or uncomfortable time. British informal
have a thin ˈtime (of it) (British English, informal) be in an unsuccessful period in your business: Small businesses are having a thin time of it at the moment, and many are closing down.