make heavy weather of something/of doing something

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 ˈweather of something/of doing something

make something seem more difficult than it really is: You’re making very heavy weather of repairing that bike. What’s the problem? OPPOSITE: make light work of something
See also: heavy, make, of, something, weather

make heavy weather of

To exaggerate the difficulty of something to be done.
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