give somebody a hard time
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- (idiomatic) To cause difficulty or make trouble for someone.
- During WWII, German troops gave the Allies a hard time in Italy, but eventually the Allies broke through.
- (idiomatic) To tease, kid, or rib someone.
- He's usually pretty good-natured when the children give him a hard time about his bald spot.