have a time of it

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hard time

Time spent in a prison, often implied to be as unpleasant as possible. When we catch these criminals, they're going to be doing at least 20 years of hard time. Solitary confinement is the hardest time you can do.
See also: hard, time

have a time of it

To experience particular trouble or difficulty. We all had a time of it after our father died. Mary's having a time of it in her new math class.
See also: have, of, time

have a time of it

see under hard time, def. 1.
See also: have, of, time