make hard work of something


make hard work of something
make hard ˈwork of sth idiom
to use more time or energy on a task than is necessary
Main entry:hardidiom

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  • make hard work of something — make hard work of (something/doing something) to do something in a way which makes it more difficult than it should be. He s really making hard work of that ironing …   New idioms dictionary

  • make hard work of doing something — make hard work of (something/doing something) to do something in a way which makes it more difficult than it should be. He s really making hard work of that ironing …   New idioms dictionary

  • make hard work of — (something/doing something) to do something in a way which makes it more difficult than it should be. He s really making hard work of that ironing …   New idioms dictionary

  • hard — hard1 W1S1 [ha:d US ha:rd] adj comparative harder superlative hardest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(firm to touch)¦ 2¦(difficult)¦ 3¦(work/effort)¦ 4¦(full of problems)¦ 5 be hard on somebody 6 be hard on something 7 do something the hard way …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • work — work1 W1S1 [wə:k US wə:rk] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(do a job for money)¦ 2¦(do your job)¦ 3¦(help)¦ 4¦(do an activity)¦ 5¦(try to achieve something)¦ 6¦(machine/equipment)¦ 7¦(be effective/successful)¦ 8¦(have an effect)¦ 9¦(art/style/literature)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard — 1 adjective FIRM TO TOUCH 1 firm and stiff, and difficult to press down, break, or cut: Diamond is the hardest substance known to man. | The plums are much too hard to be eaten now. | The chairs in the waiting room felt hard and uncomfortable.… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • work — [wʉrk] n. [ME werk < OE weorc, akin to Ger werk < IE base * werĝ , to do, act > Gr ergon (for * wergon), action, work, organon, tool, instrument] 1. physical or mental effort exerted to do or make something; purposeful activity; labor;… …   English World dictionary

  • hard — [härd] adj. [ME < OE heard, akin to Ger hart < IE base * kar , hard > Gr karyon, nut, kratos, strength] 1. not easily dented, pierced, cut, or crushed; resistant to pressure; firm and unyielding to the touch; rigid; solid and compact 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • work your fingers to the bone — phrase to work very hard, especially doing something that involves a lot of physical effort Thesaurus: to work hardsynonym Main entry: work * * * work your fingers to the bone see ↑finger, 1 • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • work — 1 verb DO A JOB 1 (I) to do a job that you are paid for: Harry is 78, and still working. (+ for): David works for the BBC. | work as a secretary/builder etc: She works as a management consultant for a design company. | work long hours/nights etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English