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    Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Hey,

    an article about our dearest president Profile: Vaclav Klaus, the provocateur from Prague - Times Online starts with the sentence:

    Visitors can be trying at the best of times, so it was no surprise, in such a difficult week for the Irish government, that nerves began to fray when Czech president Vaclav Klaus popped in for a few days.

    I don't understand what the phrase Visitors can be trying at the best of times means in the given context. Could you interpret/rephrase that for me?

    Thank you lots.

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    Re: Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Even when things are going well, having a vistor can be stressful. So someone just "dropping in" can be especially trying. It was not the best time to have a surprise guest.

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    Re: Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Even when things are going well, having a vistor can be stressful. So someone just "dropping in" can be especially trying. It was not the best time to have a surprise guest.
    I see! Can the word trying mean something like annoying being an adjective?

    Thanks a lot.

    W

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    Re: Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Sort of like annoying, but not quite. Something that is trying makes it easy to lose your partience, or even easily discouraged, and it can be hard to keep your sense of humor and feel content.

    There is a quote: These are the times that try men's souls. These are times that are difficult.

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    Re: Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Sort of like annoying, but not quite. Something that is trying makes it easy to lose your partience, or even easily discouraged, and it can be hard to keep your sense of humor and feel content.

    There is a quote: These are the times that try men's souls. These are times that are difficult.

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    I see. It characterizes our president inside out. He must sure be trying to get along with.

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    Re: Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    No - VISITORS can be trying (exhausting, demanding, intrusive, etc.) Visitors can include family and friends. So a visitor who drops in can be especially trying. This is not about your president. It is about having non-welcome guests at a time that is not convenient.

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    Re: Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    No - VISITORS can be trying (exhausting, demanding, intrusive, etc.) Visitors can include family and friends. So a visitor who drops in can be especially trying. This is not about your president. It is about having non-welcome guests at a time that is not convenient.
    Seems you dont know the Czech first man.
    Im kidding, see what you mean.

    By the way, does dropping in mean a surprising visit, thus, becoming trying?

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    Re: Visitors can be trying at the best of times

    Yes, to "drop in" or "drop by" means to come by, casually or unannounced.

    Can I drop by this afternoon sometime?

    She wants to drop by her parents to get her books.

    My brother is always dropping in whenever he feels like it.

    They dropped in for a vist and ended up spending the night.

    Visitors can (might) be trying (if they stay too long) or visitors can be a delight!

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