Definition of Pain in the ass

1. Noun. Something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness. "He's not a friend, he's an infliction"

Exact synonyms: Annoyance, Bother, Botheration, Infliction, Pain, Pain In The Neck
Generic synonyms: Negative Stimulus
Specialized synonyms: Nuisance, Irritant, Thorn, Plague
Derivative terms: Bother, Bother, Bother, Bother, Pain

Definition of Pain in the ass

1. Noun. (idiomatic slang) something, or someone, that causes discomfort or is otherwise troublesome ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pain In The Ass

pain-pleasure principle
pain and suffering
pain au chocolat
pain clinics
pain in the arse
pain in the bum
pain in the neck
pain killer
pain killers
pain measurement
pain pill
pain reaction
pain threshold
pain thresholds
pain tolerance
pain unit

Literary usage of Pain in the ass

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Figuring It Out by Nicole Bautista (2006)
"'You're a fucking pain in the ass, that's what you are.' 'I don't know how somebody who's supposedly so smart can be so stupid.' 'You deserve to be sworn at ..."

2. Accounting for Pow/Mias from the Korean War and the Vietnam War: Hearing edited by Robert K. Dornan (1998)
"... executive jobs right up to four stars who considered it a pain in the ass. Get rid of this damn problem. I never found anybody who thought it was fun, ..."

3. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (2003)
"Totally obsessive fans are a good measure of a ride's popularity, but they're kind of a pain in the ass, too. They lipsynch the soundtrack, cadge souvenirs ..."

4. My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World by Julian Dibbell (1998)
"It wasn't even quite the “big fucking pain in the ass” that exu sympathetically made it out to be. But its effects were quietly and steadily debilitating ..."

5. Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger (2002)
"Some pain-in-the-ass literalist reader or editor will claim you got the math wrong and miss the real point. ..."

6. The Cookbook for Men Whose Wives Don't Cook by Christopher Hamilton (2006)
"You have to change the water every 20 to 30 minutes which is a real pain in the ass, but it's worth it. The last thing you need is to stick your hand inside ..."

7. Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow (2005)
"... or maybe happiness over smarts. Art's a good guy. He's smart as hell. That's his schtick. If he were a cartoon character, he'd be the pain-in-the-ass ..."

8. Past Caringby Audrey Jenkinson by Audrey Jenkinson (2004)
"What was I doing? Trying to change him. To say look, can't you see all this is worthless? Looking back, what a royal pain in the ass I was. ..."

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