pain in the neck

A pain in the neck is any kind of annoyance or source of grief. A dead car battery can be a pain in the neck, and so can your nosy neighbor.

Have you ever had a literal pain in your neck? If so, you know how bothersome it can be, ruining your sleep and making the whole day unpleasant. When a person or problem is called a pain in the neck, it's because they're similarly bothersome. A lazy employee is a pain in the neck for the boss. A noisy student is a pain in the neck for a teacher. Difficult homework is a pain in the neck for students.

Definitions of pain in the neck
  1. noun
    something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
    synonyms: annoyance, bother, botheration, infliction, pain, pain in the ass
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    nuisance
    (law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive
    irritant, thorn
    something that causes irritation and annoyance
    plague
    an annoyance
    abatable nuisance
    a nuisance that can remedied (suppressed or extinguished or rendered harmless)
    attractive nuisance
    anything on your premises that might attract children into danger or harm
    mixed nuisance
    a nuisance that is both a public nuisance and a private nuisance at the same time
    private nuisance
    a nuisance that interferes with your interest in and private use and enjoyment of your land
    common nuisance, public nuisance
    a nuisance that unreasonably interferes with a right that is common to the general public
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    negative stimulus
    a stimulus with undesirable consequences
  2. noun
    a bothersome annoying person
    synonyms: nuisance, pain
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    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
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