Give somebody a hard time

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Give somebody a hard time

Meaning/Usage: Make someone feel bad for making a mistake.

Explanation: This can be done by complaining to the person a lot, ignoring the person, giving them a punishment, or anything that will make the person go through a hard or difficult time.

"Suzie gave him a hard time for not showing up to her recital."
"Stop giving me a hard time. There was nothing I could do about it."
"If you don't finish your project, the manager is going to give you a hard time."

A: "My mom gave me a hard time for one bad grade on my report card."
B: "That's a tough situation. My parents never gave me a hard time for bad grades."

Other Common Sentences

"Albert is making it difficult for me."
"He's getting on my case about my comment."

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