make heavy weather of something
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.
make heavy weather of somethingBRITISH
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.