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1    arduous, burdensome, demanding, formidable, hard, laborious, like getting blood out of a stone, no picnic     (informal)   onerous, painful, strenuous, toilsome, uphill, wearisome  
2    abstract, abstruse, baffling, complex, complicated, delicate, enigmatical, intricate, involved, knotty, obscure, perplexing, problematical, thorny, ticklish  
3    demanding, fastidious, fractious, fussy, hard to please, intractable, obstreperous, perverse, refractory, rigid, tiresome, troublesome, trying, unaccommodating, unamenable, unmanageable  
4    dark, full of hardship, grim, hard, straitened, tough, trying  
1 & 2    easy, easy-peasy     (slang)   light, manageable, obvious, plain, simple, straightforward, uncomplicated  
3    accommodating, amenable, co-operative, pleasant  
4    easy, pleasant  
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1       adj   Something that is difficult is not easy to do, understand, or deal with.  
oft it v-link ADJ to-inf, it v-link ADJ -ing   (=hard)     (Antonym: easy)    The lack of childcare provisions made it difficult for single mothers to get jobs..., It was a very difficult decision to make..., We're living in difficult times...     
2       adj   Someone who is difficult behaves in an unreasonable and unhelpful way.   (=awkward)  
I had a feeling you were going to be difficult about this.     

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a difficult time
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
A steep hill rises at a very sharp angle and is difficult to go up.
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
annoying, arduous, bothersome, burdensome, demanding, difficult, harassing, hard, importunate, inconvenient, irksome, irritating, laborious, oppressive, pestilential, plaguy
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
with a complex structure; difficult to approach; multiple problems generator
expression used for letting someone know that he/she should prepare for a difficult or unpleasant upcoming event


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