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make heavy weather of (something)

To make something harder or more laborious to do, especially more than is usual or necessary. The bill was passed two years ago, but the government has made heavy weather of implementing the law at a local level. The top-ranked team made heavy weather of what should have been a relatively easy win.
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make heavy weather

see under heavy going.
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make heavy weather of something

BRITISH
If someone makes heavy weather of a task, they behave as if the task is more difficult than it really is or take too much time doing it. She was carrying a bag of groceries behind her and making heavy weather of it. Milligan's troubled team made heavy weather of last night's draw at Stockport County. Note: Ships were said to make heavy weather when they handled badly and were difficult to control in rough seas.
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make heavy weather (or work) of

have unnecessary difficulty in dealing with a task or problem. informal
In a nautical context, heavy weather means ‘violent wind accompanied by heavy rain or rough sea’.
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make heavy weather of

To exaggerate the difficulty of something to be done.
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KLAAS Jan Huntelaar hit as brace as World Cup runners-up Holland made heavy weather of defeating a spirited Finland side in last night's Euro 2012 qualifier in Rotterdam.
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Second placed Cresselly made heavy weather of it when batting first against Narberth and were eventually bowled out for 160.
WORCESTER made heavy weather of seeing off their spirited, but limited, Romanian visitors to ensure a quarter-final berth in the European Challenge Cup.
It was all Rhyl first half, although they made heavy weather of it, with Chris Sharpe's 14th-minute opener only added to by Lee Hunt (40).
Anfield was quiet for long periods as once again Liverpool made heavy weather of matters.
In biting cold and wintery conditions, AFC Emley made heavy weather of beating bottom side Mount St Marys 1-0 in the West Yorkshire League Division I match.
While the Barton incident has tested Pearce's patience, the Blues chief found reason to cheer at the Britannia Stadium although his side made heavy weather of beating Stoke 2-1.
Old Xaverians (Paul Partington) made heavy weather of overcoming Blueline 1-0 and a Dave Cooney double gave Roma a 2-0 passage at battling Warbreck.
TITLE hopefuls Southport made heavy weather of beating pre-season promotion favourites Dagenham & Redbridge.
England made heavy weather of disposing of the visitors to St James' Park in Newcastle before a goal at the end of each half by Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler secured the leadership of World Cup qualifying Group Nine.
Last night, Blaze made heavy weather of overpowering an understrength Edinburgh Capitals, a team they leapfrogged after a scrappy 8-4 home win.
Mauricio Pochettino's side made heavy weather of seeing off their Championship rivals with the Spurs boss making 10 changes from the side beaten by the Magpies in the league on Sunday.
ITV4, 7pm JAMES WADE made heavy weather of recording a 5-3 victory over Gary Mawson in his opening round robin yesterday, and looks underpriced at 8-15 to beat Robert Thornton, writes Adam Scriven.
REPLACEMENT winger Lee Parry scored two tries in the final seven minutes as Coventry made heavy weather of beating a Sedgley Park side that played more than half the game a man short.