2 informal difficult and with a lot of problems
Oh boy, I had a rough day at the office.
a rough night (=a night when you cannot sleep): I feel terrible, I had a rough night last night.
a rough time: You’ve been through rough times, you know what it’s like.
a rough ride (=a difficult period of time): It’s been a rough ride for us, both financially and emotionally.
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