make hard work of something

make hard work of (something)

To make something more complicated, arduous, or difficult than it is or should be. I don't know why you have to make such hard work of cooking each night. I always make hard work of these essays by leaving them until the last minute.
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make hard ˈwork of something

make something more difficult or complicated than it should be: I don’t know why he’s making such hard work of his maths homework. It’s really quite easy.
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