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zu schaffen machen


to give someone a hard time
("jemandem+Dat zu schaffen machen" - usually used for tasks or circumstance or problems that give someone a hard time.)
to tamper with, to meddle with
("sich+Dat zu schaffen machen an+Dat." - usually in the context of someone meddling with a device or something, often in a context where they're not supposed to do it. Think of someone meddling with a bike lock that is not theirs.)

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