I am looking for something relevant to "going through hell" or an exact replacement for "extremely difficult time"

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    You need to supply a sentence that shows how you would use this word/idiom, otherwise, you'll get 30 different answers. – Mari-Lou A Aug 10 at 12:06
  • The Book if Job is about man who suffered a seemingly endless series of troubles. We can, and, in my day, did speak of someone suffering the ‘afflictions of Job’ or ‘trials..’ or ‘enduring the sufferings of Job.’. I wonder, though, how many would get the reference today. – Tuffy Aug 10 at 14:11

Following are few suggestion

Fall on hard times cambridge.org

To go through a very difficult period of time, especially due to financial hardship.

We fell on hard times after my wife's restaurant closed down, so I had to take on a second job to make ends meet. The government paints a picture of this rosy economic recovery, but there are still countless families falling on hard times.

Go through a rough patch cambridge.org

To experience or be in the midst of a period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship.

Her business has been going through a bit of a rough patch lately. If things don't pick up soon, she might have to close shop. Our marriage went through a rough patch after Frank lost his job, but now, we love each other more than ever.

Go downhill cambridge.org

To steadily worsen

After my parents opened my report card and saw how bad my grades were, it all went downhill from there. You better come to the hospital right away—Great-Uncle Edmund's health had really gone downhill.

  • @user070221 I was editing my answer. Thanks anyways! :) – ubi hatt Aug 10 at 10:01

bad timesTFD

Times of trouble, struggle, or unhappiness.

As in:

I've had bad times since the events of 2010!

There is an adjective:


having a lot of problems or difficulties.

an embattled government

embattled teachers

As far as idioms are concerned, you might consider the following:

to be in dire straits:

in a very bad situation that is difficult to fix.

These kids are in dire straits, and the schools are doing nothing to help them!

to have your back to/against the wall:

to have very serious problems that limit the ways in which you can act.

He owes money to everyone - he really has his back to the wall now.

to be (caught) between a rock and a hard place:

to be in a very difficult situation and to have to make a hard decision.

to be in a (pretty/right) pickle:

to be in a difficult situation.

to be in deep water:

to be in or get into serious trouble.

The Democrats are in deep water over their plans for tax increases.

to be up the creek:

in trouble.

If any more people resign, we'll be really up the creek.

to be in deep doo-doo:

informal - in a lot of trouble.

Would it be safe to say the state budget is in deep doo-doo?

Saying the wrong thing can get you in deep doo-doo.

to be on a rocky road:

If you are on a rocky road, you are experiencing a difficult period and have a lot of problems.

Analysts predict a rocky road ahead for the economy.

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