give a hard time

give a hard time  {v. phr.},  {informal}
1. Причинять неудобства или неприятности своими поступками или словами; выражать недовольство.
Jane gave her mother a hard time on the bus by fighting with her sister and screaming.
Don't give me a hard time, George. I'm doing my best on this job.
Compare: GIVE FITS.
2. Дразнить или заигрывать; подшучивать.
Don't give me a hard time, boys. I'm trying to study.
Категории: time {informal} {v. phr.}