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give somebody a hard time

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgive somebody a hard timegive somebody a hard timeinformal a) to treat someone badly or cause problems for them Giving you a hard time, is she? They reached the border where officials gave them a hard time. b) CRITICIZEto criticize someone a lot Hostile critics have given Hartman a hard time. hard
Examples from the Corpus
give somebody a hard timeTom gave him a hard time.She left the company because her boss was giving her a really hard time.The laughter had stopped a while ago and, ever since, Lydia's imagination had been giving her a hard time.My mother gave me a really hard time about Freddy. She couldn't stand him.The crew gave him a hard time, and even the cast was cautious about him.Her boss, Detective Hineline, is always giving her a hard time and she never gets really mad at him.When I first came here everyone gave me a really hard time, because I was the first woman to run a department.Watson had been given a hard time from the Wednesday crowd before those goals but is now hoping the tide has turned.Maybe Modigliani gave them a hard time, I don't know.Stop giving me such a hard time. I'm doing my best.If you wonder why people give you a hard time, it's because you write shit like this.Yet Wakefield gave them a hard time throughout.
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