give someone a hard time

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give somebody a hard time

  1. (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.
  2. (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.