hard to please

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Adj.1.hard to please - (of persons) "his father was a hard-to-please taskmaster"; "was very hard to please"
demanding - requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill; "found the job very demanding"; "a baby can be so demanding"
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The end of life was reserved for the Dog, wherefore the old man is often snappish, irritable, hard to please, and selfish, tolerant only of his own household, but averse to strangers and to all who do not administer to his comfort or to his necessities.
Every man on board seemed well content, and they must have been hard to please if they had been otherwise, for it is my belief there was never a ship's company so spoiled since Noah put to sea.
Sometimes he was peevish and hard to please, sometimes he growled because his reader could not manage the dry books he wished to hear, and sometimes he was so despondent that her heart ached to see him.
Jane's a leetle bit more easy goin' than Mirandy, ain't she, or is she jest as hard to please?"
But she spoke like a sister, too; having she allays was, and hard to please,--oh dear!--but she's said the kindest word as has ever been spoke by you yet, my child.
At the same time, a person in her circumstances--I mean she has no money--ought not to be very hard to please. Of course she has never spoken to you of Mr.
Certainly it is hard to please every man by cause of diversity and change of language.
"I should be hard to please," she said laughing, "if I didn't enjoy my visit to the farm."
And besides, I thought I'd better not be too hard to please, for I mightn't get another chance.
I must have been hard to please, indeed, if I had not approved of the room, and of everything about it.
I only loved you all the more, and I worked hard to please you, and I gave up billiards and everything you didn't like, and waited and never complained, for I hoped you'd love me, though I'm not half good enough..." Here there was a choke that couldn't be controlled, so he decapitated buttercups while he cleared his `confounded throat'.
They all think a great deal of him because he is so hard to please, and almost any of them would feel immensely flattered if he liked them, whether they chose to marry him or not.