hard time


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Noun1.hard time - a difficulty that can be overcome with effort; "we had a hard time getting here"; "analysts predicted rough sledding for handset makers"
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
2.hard time - a term served in a maximum security prison
prison term, sentence, time - the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned; "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail"
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She was so capable, so cheerful in spite of the fact that she was having a hard time.
You don't have half such a hard time as I do," said Jo.
Very few letters were written in those hard times that were not touching, especially those which fathers sent home.
She had had such a hard time bringing it into the world, too.
I had a sufficiently hard time with that tale, because it changed itself from a farce to a tragedy while I was going along with it--a most embarrassing circumstance.
And we have had a hard time here, though not so hard as I deserved; and the hardest part of all .
The multitudinous family had sat upon him, but had had a hard time doing it.
But, indeed, I had a hard time of it,' said she: 'mamma was very greatly disappointed at the failure of her darling project, and very, very angry at my obstinate resistance to her will, and is so still; but I can't help it.
Unskilled labour is the first to feel the slackness of hard times, and I had no trades save those of sailor and laundryman.
The country was on the verge of hard times,* caused by a series of prosperous years wherein the difficulty of disposing abroad of the unconsumed surplus had become increasingly difficult.
There's the labor unions an' employers' associations, an' strikes', an' hard times, an' huntin' for jobs, an' all the rest.
He begged Captain Bonneville, therefore, to travel very slowly, so as to keep the horses in strength and spirit for the hard times they would have to encounter.