A source of continual annoyance or trouble: the pastor has long been a thorn in the side of the regime
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- We will continue to be a thorn in his side, keeping a close eye on him and interfering with his criminal activities.
- A committed republican, he continued to be a thorn in Cromwell 's side, being elected to the protector's parliaments of 1654 and 1656, but prevented from taking his seat.
- His uncompromising attitude continually made him a thorn in the Establishment 's side.