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Difficult or impossible to deal with - thesaurus

Synonyms

difficult

adjective

difficult conditions or situations cause a lot of problems and make it hard for you to succeed

impossible

adjective

extremely difficult to do or to deal with

trying

adjective

difficult to deal with in a way that makes you annoyed or tired

awkward

adjective

difficult to deal with and embarrassing

intolerable

adjective

impossible to bear or deal with

thorny

adjective

a thorny issue, problem, subject etc is one that is difficult to deal with

critical

adjective

difficult to deal with because a small mistake could make very bad things happen

testing

adjective

difficult to deal with

delicate

adjective

a delicate situation needs to be dealt with carefully so that people do not get upset or annoyed

intractable

adjective

formal very difficult or impossible to deal with

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be too much for someone

used for saying that something is too tiring, annoying, difficult etc for someone

chronic

adjective

a chronic problem is always happening or returning and is very difficult to solve

elusive

adjective

an elusive person or animal is difficult or impossible to find or catch

fiendish

adjective

a fiendish problem or question is very difficult to solve or deal with

fraught

adjective

full of problems, difficulties, or things that are confusing

grey

adjective

not clear and therefore not easy to deal with

hard to take/swallow

difficult to accept or deal with

heavy

adjective

informal serious and difficult

hot

adjective

difficult, or dangerous

hypersensitive

adjective

a hypersensitive issue is difficult to solve and likely to upset a lot of people

inaccessible

adjective

difficult or impossible to obtain or use

insoluble

adjective

impossible to solve

insuperable

adjective

very formal impossible to solve or deal with effectively

insupportable

adjective

formal impossible to accept or deal with

insurmountable

adjective

formal impossible to deal with successfully

messy

adjective

complicated, difficult, and unpleasant to deal with

murderous

adjective

informal very unpleasant or difficult

not for the faint-hearted

not suitable for people who are easily frightened or shocked

onerous

adjective

formal something that is onerous is something that you dislike or worry about because it is very difficult to deal with

sticky

adjective

informal a sticky situation is difficult or dangerous

straitened

adjective

formal made difficult by financial problems

tangled

adjective

very complicated and difficult to deal with

that’s easy for you to say

used for telling someone that although something may be easy or simple for them, it is not easy or simple for you

ticklish

adjective

informal a ticklish problem or situation is difficult to deal with without upsetting anyone

too hot to handle

too difficult or dangerous to get involved with

tricky

adjective

difficult to deal with

unbridgeable

adjective

used for describing problems or differences between people that are so great that they will never be solved or agreed on

unfeasible

adjective

not possible or practical to do or to believe

ungovernable

adjective

impossible to govern

unrelenting

adjective

used about bad or extreme things that continue to happen or exist without ever becoming easier to deal with

unwieldy

adjective

formal too big or complicated to work well

you can’t please everyone

used for saying that whatever you do, some people will not like it

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