give\ a\ hard\ time

v. phr. informal
1. To give trouble by what you do or say; complain.

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. To get in the way by teasing or playing; kid.

Don't give me a hard time, boys. I'm trying to study.

Compare: act up, in one's hair

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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