troubling

Definitions

  • A Tone of Voice That Meant Trouble 138
    A Tone of Voice That Meant Trouble 138
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj troubling causing distress or worry or anxiety "distressing (or disturbing) news","lived in heroic if something distressful isolation","a disturbing amount of crime","a revelation that was most perturbing","a new and troubling thought","in a particularly worrisome predicament","a worrying situation","a worrying time"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The Trouble Begins 059 The Trouble Begins 059
COLUMBUS HAVING TROUBLE WITH HIS SAILORS COLUMBUS HAVING TROUBLE WITH HIS SAILORS
Pouring cold water on the troubled oil Pouring cold water on the troubled oil
NOW WHAT'S THE TROUBLE NOW WHAT'S THE TROUBLE
The Trouble of Biddy {Girl playing with ducklings The Trouble of Biddy {Girl playing with ducklings
The Troubles of Biddy {Chicken, duckling, and duck The Troubles of Biddy {Chicken, duckling, and duck
The Troubles of Biddy {Four hens sitting together The Troubles of Biddy {Four hens sitting together
The Troubles of Biddy {Girl playing with ducklings The Troubles of Biddy {Girl playing with ducklings

Quotations

  • Edward Everett Hale
    Edward Everett Hale
    “Some people bear three kinds of trouble -- the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Henry%20Wadsworth%20Longfellow
    “Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “It is nobler to be good, and it is nobler to teach others to be good -- and less trouble!”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “Never trust the man who tells you all his troubles but keeps from you all his joys.”
  • Tallulah Bankhead
    Tallulah Bankhead
    “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “It ain't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich.”

Idioms

Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you - Don't go looking for trouble or problems- let them come to you.
***
Fish in troubled waters - Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country.
***
Pour oil on troubled waters - If someone pours oil on troubled waters, they try to calm things down.
***

Usage

In literature:

A domestic also, who had troubled her for twenty-two years past, was delivered from her troubles.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
This naturally saved trouble and effort to the men who packed the animals.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Now he's in trouble, bad trouble.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
And trouble or no trouble, it is what you ought to know and do in your father's house.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Julyman was troubled at the unease he observed in the white man's eyes.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Sultan will give you no trouble.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The elders had all the conversation, and it seemed about some coming trouble to the country that she did not understand.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
There is another trouble.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Then came trouble with Trouble.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
We'll play Trouble is a bear 'stead of a dog, and I can hunt him.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
***

In poetry:

I love the Lord; he heard my cries,
And pitied every groan;
Long as I live, when troubles rise,
I'll hasten to his throne.
"Psalm 116 part 1" by Isaac Watts
My thoughts are like a troubled sea,
My head still bending down;
And I go mourning all the day,
Beneath my Father's frown.
"Psalm 38" by Isaac Watts
Now if his brain is troubled,
Now if his courage has gone,
Still must his strength be doubled,
Still must the battle go on.
"Into The World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Old cares grow light; aside I lay
The doubts and fears that troubled;
The quiet of the happy day
Within my soul is doubled.
"St. Martin's Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"The trouble which gives you anguish,
The woes o'er which you weep,
Will all be soon forgotten
In my long, dreamless sleep.
"The Postern Gate" by John Lawson Stoddard
The only hope that’s left to Man
upon this troubled earth —
the hope God gave at Bethlehem
at the Messiah’s birth….
"Message of Christmas" by Patience Strong

In news:

Justin Bieber is having trouble coming to terms with his recent split from Selena Gomez, who loved him way back when he was the poster child for butch women everywhere.
An anonymous commenter has been unmasked, and a federal prosecutor is in trouble.
A Troubling Turn on Shakespeare's Macbeth.
It can get me into trouble.
Arena Pharma Sinks Under Weight Of Vivus' Troubles.
Keep Lincoln Park's beauty and power I was deeply troubled to learn in the July 4 newspaper about the proposed zip line in Lincoln Park.
The BART board of directors voted today not to give any part of a $2 million lighting improvement project for two stations to a longtime associate of the troubled Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland.
Women in Trouble Directed by Sebastian Gutierrez Screen Media Films Opens November 13.
The University of Bridgeport has closed a deal to give control of the troubled school to a group linked with the Rev.
She has some trouble hearing and seeing.
And what does this tell us about international intervention in a region with an immensely troubled past.
Soon to be in 'Trouble With the Curve' with Clint Eastwood, the character actor may not have a recognizable name, but viewers know his face from four decades of films and TV shows.
Robert Gottlieb speaks to Andrew Martin about Charles Dickens 's troubled life, his best and worst novels, and how to read without editing.
Troubled New Edition member Bobby Brown was recently arrested for DUI once again.
"Trouble with the Curve" is troublingly stale.
***

In science:

With our understanding of the analysis for the twisted tau family, it will easier to narrow in on trouble spots in the analyses of these other families.
Modeling Convolutions of $L$-Functions
Since there are far fewer (k − 1)-uniform hypergraphs than there are k-uniform hypergraphs, we have no trouble applying our result.
Combinatorial theorems in sparse random sets
In this region, we seem to be in even more serious trouble, as we can even no longer deform our contour in a useful way, due to the vertical branch cut at α = 2a.
On the computation of the spectral density of two-point functions: complex masses, cut rules and beyond
From this we deduce without too much trouble the following result.
Effect of scale on long-range random graphs and chromosomal inversions
The trouble with this description, however, is that the entangled wave function, with its freedom to be expressed in any bipartite basis, does not have enough structure to specify how it should be decomposed so that such a “selection” can be effected.
Bayesian Conditioning, the Reflection Principle, and Quantum Decoherence
***