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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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Evening was his hardest time, for want of exercise made him as restless and nervous as it was possible for a hearty lad to be on such a short notice.
It's wonderful to see so many people from the Forth Valley area finding the support they need at Maggie's at what is possibly the hardest time of their lives.
Cummins said: "This year has been the hardest time in my career.
Indeed it was the hardest time for my parents and it still is but they are my biggest support.
Malong should be given rights as a father and this is the hardest time for him, where President Salva needs to stand with him instead of betraying him," said Tito in a statement issued on Sunday.
She recently said: "It's just been the hardest time, and we're justkind of coming up for air.
What she's done for other women going through it is so brave, and that's what real bravery is 6 to be able to go through the hardest time of your life and show people it's okay to be scared, and it's okay to be vulnerable, and you can do it," she said.
I've had injuries in the past and I've always said that we earn our money when we're injured, because it's the hardest time.
Nazly Ilycak, a columnist for EuzgE-r DE-E-E-nce daily, paid a visit to Zaman to support free media and said, "Zaman newspaper protected Tayyip Erdoy-an in his hardest time.
What is supposed to be the happiest time of the year can very quickly become the hardest time of your life when a loved one passes away.
The stars likely to have the most habitable planets may also have the hardest time importing water to these worlds, planetary scientist Gijs Mulders reported August 5.
He's already got enough on his mind with Grace banged up, but it's Kim who seems to be having the hardest time how the object of her affections is behind bars.
He further said that this is the hardest time to work; it means you have to put a lot of time and effort into overcoming historical mistrust, past events and enmities that come from that history.
Thousands of lonely people actually find this the hardest time as their sense of despair and dislocation is magnified.
Of all filial companies NEK itself is facing the hardest time, with a loss of BGN 250 M in end-June 2014, compared to a profit of BGN 17 M for the same period of last year.