have a hard time

have a hard time

To have difficulty; to struggle. I'm really having a hard time in math this semester—I need to get a tutor. A: "Have you seen Alice lately? I feel like I hardly see her anymore." B: "Yeah, she's been having a hard time since her mother died, so she's been keeping to herself.."
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So having to talk to her friends or see her friends and see how her friends are going to react to it, that's the hardest part for me in coming out--she's going to have a hard time dealing with it.
The worst part of doing a 'zine is calling people up to either do an interview or go shoot a photo--I'm kind of shy, I guess--and I always have a hard time keeping up with my "deadlines;" my 'zine always comes out at least a month later than I plan.
SCHOOL SCOPE You might have to work extra hard at your studies and may even have a hard time conjuring up that kind of energy.