Definition of make hard work of in English:

make hard work of

phrase

British
  • Exert more time or energy on (a task) than is necessary.

    ‘the team made hard work of beating the Giants’
    • ‘They made hard work of reaching this stage of the competition.’
    • ‘His side made hard work of grinding down their industrious opponents.’
    • ‘The Frenchman made hard work of it until the third set.’
    • ‘He admitted afterwards that he made hard work of his victory.’
    • ‘She is making hard work of it in her government.’