rough time

a rough time

A challenging period during which one struggles to do or cope with something. John went through a rough time after losing both his job and his wife during the same year. I had a rough time repairing the engine because it was so rusty, but I eventually got it running again.
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rough time

n. a hard time; a bad time. I didn’t mean to give you such a rough time. I’m sorry.
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References in classic literature ?
It was more akin to a mellow singing; and it was not long before Kwaque could lead his voice up and down, in rough time and tune, within a definite register.
'stead of taking to the woods when I run off, I'd go down the river about fifty mile and camp in one place for good, and not have such a rough time tramping on foot.
"I've had a fairly rough time, and I'm glad to tell you this, Miss Wendermott - I don't believe I'd ever have succeeded but for your nephew Fred.
We had a rough time for a month, tramping to and fro in the earth, and suffering.
don't!' I daresay Smith had a rough time of it that evening with one noise and another, and this insane, disturbing voice crying obstinately through the door only added to his irritation.
His life, like that of all French soldiers, has been made up of bullets, sabre strokes, and victories; he has had a very rough time of it, and has only worn the woolen epaulettes.
"You look as if you had been having a rough time of it yourself," she said.
There he did some brave deeds, some cruel deeds, there he lived to the full the life of a soldier as it was in those rough times, making all Ireland ring with his name.
You've gone safely through rough times with rough men, and it would be a shame to have something happen to you at the very end."
It turned out she was having a rough time and hadn't wanted to spoil my wedding by confiding in me.
Police had a rough time controlling the crowd," said Mr Wesonga, who had been travelling from Gede to Chumani.
The bill that seeks to raise the excise tax on tobacco products may have a rough time in the upper chamber, Senate leaders admitted on Monday.
They, too, were having a rough time accessing the conference room.
Suricata suricatta by Hefin Robinson - Elin, Lois and Ffion are extremely worried about their friend and colleague Meg who is going through a rough time.
The case comes at a time when the banking sector already facing a rough time amidst biggest banking fraud totalling over Rs 11,400 crore as state-run lender PNB has alleged that two of its employees colluded with firms linked to well-known jewellers Nirav Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi.