Meaning of make heavy weather of in English:

make heavy weather of


  • Have unnecessary difficulty in dealing with (a task or problem)

    • ‘why do we make such heavy weather of learning languages?’
    • ‘But Councillor Steve Galloway said: ‘I think we are making heavy weather of it all.’’
    • ‘Almost week by week the evidence grows of a strengthening and sustainable recovery in the US while the continental economies continue to make heavy weather of a global pick-up.’
    • ‘For a serious woman who can make heavy weather of life, she has a very sunny side.’
    • ‘Upbeat Scotland coach Ian McGeechan and skipper Budge Pountney last night denied that their side had made heavy weather of beating the Samoans in the Murrayfield rain.’
    • ‘Stranraer made heavy weather of beating Dumbarton 2-0 at Stair Park.’
    • ‘The company is making heavy weather of reducing its debt mountain.’
    • ‘We made heavy weather of our 31-11 win in London but Gary was world class.’
    • ‘Cork, of whom great things were expected early in the year, have struggled throughout the series and again made heavy weather of beating Wexford in the qualifier.’
    • ‘While Australians as individuals are richly talented, we do seem to make heavy weather of reforming outdated institutions, perhaps for the very reason that they have been historically successful.’
    • ‘But they made heavy weather of beating Uganda in their first clash inside the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala last October.’


    From the nautical phrase make good or bad weather of it, referring to a ship in a storm.