pain in the neck


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pain in the neck 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"
    • n pain in the neck a bothersome annoying person "that kid is a terrible pain"
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Pain in the neck - If someone is very annoying and always disturbing you, they are a pain in the neck. Pain in the butt, or pain in the ass (USA), and Pain in the arse (UK) are less polite alternative forms.


In literature:

The old, slow familiar pain of congestion in the back of her neck came back.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
The bullet struck Biddle in the neck, inflicting a painful, but not serious, wound.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The man sat up in the tangle of bushes, pressing his hands to his neck and rocking to and fro with pain.
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson
I had a pain in the back of my neck and drank a great deal of water.
"Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales" by Charles B. Cory
The patient complains of stiff neck and pain, and the lesion may be recognised in a radiogram.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
For the pain in the head, a blister to the nape of the neck.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
The woman on Larry's back shrieked in terror and clawed at his neck and hair, causing him considerable pain.
"The Campaign of the Jungle" by Edward Stratemeyer
They give me a pain in the neck.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Tidor screamed once in pain and terror as the heavy blade sank hilt-deep into his neck.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
This staff major was the type of officer that always gave him a pain in the neck.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen

In poetry:

But as them twain expressed their pain they heard a hearty cheer——
Behold the old rapscallion squattinn' in the duck pond near,
His silver whiskers singed away, a gosh-almighty wreck,
Wi' half a yard o' toilet seat entwined about his neck….
"The Three Bares" by Robert W Service

In news:

WHEN my son Jeff was little, he was a pain in the neck about eating.
Think wearing your license is a pain in the neck.
Crunches that aren't a pain in the neck.
Pain in the neck shelves Posada again.
Lawyer Gives Her Doctors A Real Pain In the Neck .
Turning Your Head Could Become a Pain in the Neck .
Head-Butt Turns Into Real Pain in the Neck .
Allen's pain in the neck led to flip-flop along D-line.
Grocery stores can be crowded, unorganized (in the mind of the shopper) and just a pain in the neck.
For an extra $1,000, your Hyundai Veloster Turbo can come with a paint job that's a complete pain in the neck.
If your job is a literal pain in the neck, drinking coffee may help, a new study from Norway says.
"If I couldn't travel, obviously that would be a tremendous pain in the neck," she said.
Shared Pains in the Neck.
And just having to pump , honestly, is a pain in the neck.
But relocating is a pain in the neck.

In science:

In fact, finding a reasonable scheme is pain in the neck.
Effective SUSY modified after LHC run