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give a hard time

give a hard time
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (idiom) (to tease)
a. tomarle el pelo a (idiom)
Don't listen to Gerardo. He's just giving you a hard time.No le hagas caso a Gerardo. Solo te está tomando el pelo.
b. burlarse de
Kids used to give me a hard time because I was different.Los otros chicos solían burlase de mí porque era diferente.
2. (idiom) (to criticize)
a. regañar
I'm not the kind of English teacher who gives students a hard time for using slang, but I do teach them to know when to use it and when not.No soy el tipo de profe de inglés que regañe a sus alumnos por el uso de la jerga, pero sí que les enseño cuándo usarla y cuándo no.
b. elevar
Regionalism used in Chile
The super will give you a hard time if you leave your things in the hallway.El portero te va a elevar si dejas tus cosas en el pasillo.
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