give hard time

hard time

noun
1.
a period of difficulties or hardship.
2.
Slang. time actually served in a prison or other penal institution: He had merely been fined before, but now was sentenced to 90 days' hard time in the county jail.
3.
give a hard time, Informal. to bother, annoy, or harass: He gave me a hard time about the money I owe him.

Origin:
1905–10

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