pain in the ass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pain in the ass something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer","a bit of a bother","he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
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Usage

In literature:

The Bear resolved in grief and pain, He'd never help an Ass again.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
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In poetry:

In Euclid too I always climb
The Asses' Bridge with pain;
A superficies to me
Is anything but plane.
"Mathematics" by Arthur Clement Hilton

In news:

And a versatile pain in the ass.
Michelangelo da Caravaggio was not, technically, a Renaissance man—that era was over by the time he was born, in 1571—but he was, by all accounts, a versatile pain in the ass.
Kittens are cute, but they are a pain in the ass too.
Finally, a raincoat that isn't a huge pain in the ass to lug around.
MTV Wants to Make Your Pain in the Ass Pet Even More Intolerable .
Conscientious Eaters or Pain-in-the-Ass Persnickety.
I was in the court room of Judge Thomas LaCross when he told an elderly lady she was "a pain in the ass".
MTV Wants to Make Your Pain in the Ass Pet Even More Intolerable.
A real pain in the ass.
Mopeds are cheap but temperamental, easy to work on but a pain in the ass.
Parallel parking can be a real pain in the ass sometimes, like if you drive a limo, big truck, if you're Maggie Meadows or if it's a tight space.
Bugs are a pain in the ass.
" Tamales are, truthfully, a pain in the ass to make," she says.
Packed wrong, it's a security risk, an unsightly bulge in your pants, and a real pain in the ass.
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