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difícil adjdifficult adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
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hard adj (difficult)  (dificuldade)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 That exam was really hard!
 Aquele exame foi muito difícil!
difficult adj (not easy)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 It is difficult to balance a ball on your head.
 É difícil equilibrar uma bola na cabeça.
difficult adj (person: uncooperative)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (gíria)cabeça-dura adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Bob is being difficult about the issue and refuses to change his mind.
 Bob está tornando o problema difícil e recusa-se a mudar de ideia.
 Bob está sendo cabeça-dura sobre o problema e recusa-se a mudar de ideia.
difficult adj (full of problems)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 This is a difficult project.
tall adj figurative, informal (difficult to achieve)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 The request was a tall order, but he believed he could do it.
murder adj slang, figurative (very difficult)  (difícil)de matar loc adj
  difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 I hated doing it. It was murder!
tight adj (situation: difficult)  (situação)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  apertado adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 It was a tight situation with both of his customers there at the same time.
awkward adj (clumsy)desajeitado adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (momento)embaraçoso adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (sensação)incomodado adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (pessoa)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 The boy was so awkward that he kept knocking things over.
 O garoto era tão desajeitado, que vivia derrubando as coisas.
  Era muito embaraçoso quando minha mãe me buscava no colégio.Esta frase não é uma tradução do inglês.
  Senti-me incomodada no meio daquelas pessoas.Esta frase não é uma tradução do inglês.
  Ela sempre reclama que seu chefe é uma pessoa difícil.Esta frase não é uma tradução do inglês.
cumbersome adj (difficult)  (dificuldade)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
hairy adj (difficult, hazardous)  (complicado)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (brasileirismo)cabeludo adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
killer adj (very difficult)difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
close adj (contest: almost even)apertado, difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Alan won a close race.
 Alan venceu uma corrida apertada (or: difícil).
hard adj (rugged)difícil, acidentado adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 This is a very hard hike, over rocks and boulders.
tight adj (conditions: difficult)  (condições)difícil, apertado adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 The job market is tight right now. You will be lucky to find something.
tough adj (difficult)difícil, duro adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 I had such a tough time in college.
tough adj (person: difficult)  (pessoa não amistosa)duro, difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 He is a tough person to work with.
poser n (question, puzzle)pergunta difícil loc sf
rocky adj (difficult, hazardous)difícil, perigoso adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
labored,
UK: laboured
adj
US (effortful)  (EUA)trabalhoso, custoso, difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
hard job n (difficult occupation)trabalho difícil, duro loc sm
 Long haul trucking is a hard job.
hard job n (difficult task)tarefa difícil, dura loc sf
 In this recession, we're going to have a hard job persuading the boss to spend money on new computers.
hard to avoid adj (ubiquitous, ever-present)  (onipresente, ubíquo)difícil de evitar loc adj
 Those Ebony advertisements are hard to avoid; we see them in any pages with Google ads.
make [sth] more difficult v (complicate [sth])  (complicar)tornar mais difícil loc vt
 Cluttered surfaces make cleaning difficult.
painful adj figurative (difficult)  (figurativo:difícil)penoso,difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
tricky adj (difficult)astuto, difícil, complicado adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
tricky adj (difficult: process)difícil, complicado adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
trying adj (difficult)penoso, difícil adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
a tall order tarefa difícil
behind the eight ball em uma situação difícil
hard to believe difícil de acreditar
hard to please difícil de agradar
hard to understand difícil de entender
hot seat situação difícil
   (gíria)cadeira elétrica
put [sb] on the spot botar alguém em uma situação difícil
rainy day dia chuvoso
  momento difícil
see through   (literal: ver através)compreender, perceber
  ajudar em um momento difícil
  levar a cabo, terminar
work up to [sth] abordar algo (tarefa difícil ou objetivo) de maneira gradual
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