give a hard time

[give a hard time] {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To give trouble by whatyou do or say; complain.

Jane gave her mother a hard time on thebus by fighting with her sister and screaming.

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

Compare: ACT UP, IN ONE'S HAIR.