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difficult

  

      adj  
1    not easy to do; requiring effort  
a difficult job     
2    not easy to understand or solve; intricate  
a difficult problem     
3    hard to deal with; troublesome  
a difficult child     
4    not easily convinced, pleased, or satisfied  
5    full of hardships or trials  
difficult times ahead     
     (C14: back formation from difficulty)  
  difficultly      adv  
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difficult

  
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  
  
Antonyms     
  
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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exp.
a difficult time
v.
have a ​difficult ​time
exp.
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
exp.
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.
v.
become very nervous or anxious especially before an important event or before having to do something difficult
[informal] Ex.: She always gets the jitters before going on stage.
n.
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
adj.
annoying, arduous, bothersome, burdensome, demanding, difficult, harassing, hard, importunate, inconvenient, irksome, irritating, laborious, oppressive, pestilential, plaguy
adj.
with a complex structure; difficult to approach; multiple problems generator
exp.
expression used for letting someone know that he/she should prepare for a difficult or unpleasant upcoming event
exp.
do something which puts you in a very difficult situation and limits the way that you can act
id.
find it difficult to choose between two alternatives ; feel torn between two situations
Rosalie loved Cesar and David both equally, for different reasons, and was caught between two stools
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