have a tough time (of it)

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have a tough time (of it)

To have a challenging period during which one struggles to do or cope with something. John had a tough time of it after losing both his job and his wife during the same year. I had a tough time repairing the engine because it was so rusty, but I eventually got it running again.
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Annan Ex are sure to have a tough time at Sands Silver, the Locharbriggs B v Albert B is hard to call whilst Sands Auto will do well to share the points against Locharbriggs A.
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