hard time

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - hard time

"hard time"

a difficulty that can be overcome with effort


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - hard time

"hard time"

a term served in a maximum security prison


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hard time

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How are you doing after the lay off?

Friend 2:  Not so well.  It's really difficult to find another job.

Friend 1:  Sorry to hear that you are having a hard time finding work.  Keep trying. Something will come up.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hard time

Two police officers are talking ...

Officer 1:  How was your court appearance?

Officer 2:  It went really well. The accused was found guilty of murder and sentenced to twenty-five years in a maximum security prison.

Officer 1:  It's great that criminals like that must do hard time.

hard time - Usage:


hard time - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for hard time.

hard time - Examples:

1)  ... had a stroke -- at middle age. Because of it I had a hard time doing laundry, and a hard time tracking money.

2)  I think autistic kids have a very hard time accepting anything but their own experiences as their teachers.

3)  If I take a nap I have a hard time falling asleep that night.

4)  Officials say returning veterans have a hard time coming down off the adrenaline rush of war.

5)  Definitely true that rich white people have a really hard time breaking into entertainment.

6)  My husband has a real hard time with someone dictating what he sells a product or service for.

7)  If you find yourself having a hard time mustering up the gumption to break up with her, here's something to ...

8)  Consumers have a hard time comparing loans when they are dealing with a bewildering array of points and fees.

9)  I've offered to help move friends to Bolivia who are having a hard time getting there on their own.

10)  Because so many of us have a hard time apologizing, I thought it might be helpful to have an apology primer.

11)  The fact that everyone seems to have a hard time replicating the OPs problem so far would point to defective headphones.

12)  You say you're having a hard time telling the people who love and support you that you have a problem?

13)  I had a hard time getting up the stairs into Planet Hollywood but I made it.

14)  I had no idea what a hard time I would have taking photos of the room where I work.

15)  Bette has a hard time adjusting to the ascetic lifestyle at the Buddhist retreat in snowy upstate Washington.

16)  I confess I have a hard time believing such out-sized numbers.

17)  I have a hard time seeing how china can cut its dollar exposure in a global context where it ...

18)  I had depression and begun running. I noticed that I have a hard time focusing and absorbing information. I forgot a lot of things.

19)  I was having a hard time falling asleep and finally started to doze... then it happened, the alarm ...

20)  But I'm finding that I'm having a hard time working up any emotions about this whole thing at all.