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- 1. difficult (vs. easy), hard, ambitious, challenging, arduous, awkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviable, baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough, catchy, tricky, delicate, ticklish, touchy, fractious, hard-fought, herculean, nasty, tight, rocky, rough, rugged, tough, serious, tall(prenominal), thorny, troublesome, trying, vexed, demanding, effortful, hard
- usage: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
- 2. unmanageable (vs. manageable), difficult, indocile, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unruly, uncheckable, defiant#1, noncompliant, disobedient, intractable
- usage: hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"
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