give a hard time

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.
Categories: informal time verb