One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deliberately make a situation difficult for someone.
annoy, irritate, infuriate, anger, incense, inflame, enrage, irk, chagrin, exasperate, madden, pique, provoke, nettle, disturb, upset, perturb, discompose, put outView synonyms
- ‘She treads a very fine line - the boss gives her a hard time and the boys give her a hard time, so she's sometimes in a no-win situation.’
- ‘One of the guests began giving me a hard time about the shirt.’
- ‘He tells of one election meeting in Bristol on a steaming summer evening where one particular heckler was giving him a hard time.’
- ‘He's a giant of a man and if you don't concentrate against him, he can give you a hard time.’
- ‘Frank has been giving me a hard time for months about going to see her, because apparently every time he runs in to her she is just about in tears because I haven't visited.’
- ‘They are people who do what is right when others give them a hard time for their beliefs.’
- ‘The boys are giving me a hard time about all the publicity I'm getting.’
- ‘If the media's giving you a hard time, don't complain about it publicly.’
- ‘Meanwhile my son is giving me a hard time for supporting the Australian cricketers.’
- ‘When his turn comes, the workers will not give him a hard time or cause him trouble.’
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