Definition of make heavy weather of in US English:

make heavy weather of


  • Have unnecessary difficulty in dealing with (a task or problem).

    • ‘For a serious woman who can make heavy weather of life, she has a very sunny side.’
    • ‘But they made heavy weather of beating Uganda in their first clash inside the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala last October.’
    • ‘Upbeat Scotland coach Ian McGeechan and skipper Budge Pountney last night denied that their side had made heavy weather of beating the Samoans in the Murrayfield rain.’
    • ‘We made heavy weather of our 31-11 win in London but Gary was world class.’
    • ‘Almost week by week the evidence grows of a strengthening and sustainable recovery in the US while the continental economies continue to make heavy weather of a global pick-up.’
    • ‘But Councillor Steve Galloway said: ‘I think we are making heavy weather of it all.’’
    • ‘Stranraer made heavy weather of beating Dumbarton 2-0 at Stair Park.’
    • ‘While Australians as individuals are richly talented, we do seem to make heavy weather of reforming outdated institutions, perhaps for the very reason that they have been historically successful.’
    • ‘The company is making heavy weather of reducing its debt mountain.’
    • ‘Cork, of whom great things were expected early in the year, have struggled throughout the series and again made heavy weather of beating Wexford in the qualifier.’