have a thin time

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.
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have a thin time

have a wretched or uncomfortable time. British informal
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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.
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