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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.
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hard time

1. Also, hard times. A period of difficulty or hardship, especially financial hardship. For example, Since Mom died, Christmas has been a hard time for Dad, or It's been hard times for both of them since they split up. It is also put as have a hard time, as in I'm having a hard time finishing this book. Charles Dickens used Hard Times as the title of a novel about poverty (1854). A more recent version is have a time of it, which despite its ambiguity (not specifying either "good" or "bad") nearly always means "experiencing difficulty"; for example, We had quite a time of it in that hurricane. [Late 1300s]
2. give someone a hard time. Annoy or harass someone. For example, Don't let him give you a hard time; he's often late himself. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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hard time

1. n. a difficult experience. I had a hard time at the doctor’s office.
2. n. a prison sentence. (Underworld.) How much hard time does he have behind him?
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But even though her knees are giving her a hard time, she said she does not want to be left in the confines of her wheelchair.
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positive vibrations his way as this is a hard time for him.
She demanded from the authorities concerned to release salaries for their children because they facing hard time in this regard.
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"Danny has had a hard time but the draw on Monday will give him hope things will get back to normal.
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He said that this is very hard time for the people of Malakand.
If they think their job is busy and difficult, well, the applicants go through hard time too.
That way the enemy has a hard time contaminating the fuel.
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