a period of difficulties or hardship.
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.
give a hard time,
to bother, annoy, or harass:
He gave me a hard time about the money I owe him.
I had a hard time at the doctor's office.]]>
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Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.