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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The daughter had her own way in everything, and whatever she did was right in her mother's eyes; but the poor step-daughter had a hard time. Let her do what she would, she was always blamed, and got small thanks for all the trouble she took; nothing was right, everything wrong; and yet, if the truth were known, the girl was worth her weight in gold--she was so unselfish and good-hearted.
She was so capable, so cheerful in spite of the fact that she was having a hard time. And then their minds seemed to blend so remarkably.
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.
There was a long hard time when I kept far from me, the remembrance, of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.
"You don't have half such a hard time as I do," said Jo.
He had had a hard time in the City, so he explained.
How are you getting on in these hard times?' The fox, full of all kinds of arrogance, looked at the cat from head to foot, and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not.
Unskilled labour is the first to feel the slackness of hard times, and I had no trades save those of sailor and laundryman.
There ain't no use spouting hard times explanations.
Some of them looked as if poverty and hard times had hardened them all over; but there were others that I would have willingly used the last of my strength in serving; poor and shabby, but kind and human, with voices that I could trust.
There's the labor unions an' employers' associations, an' strikes', an' hard times, an' huntin' for jobs, an' all the rest.
You'll have a better house after while, Antonia, and then you will forget these hard times.'