- 1Irritating inconvenience: the hassle of child care [count noun]: travelling can be a hassleMore example sentences
inconvenience, bother, nuisance, problem, struggle, difficulty, annoyance, irritation, thorn in one's flesh/side, bane of one's life; trials and tribulations, fuss, troubleNorth American • informal pain in the buttBritish • vulgar slang pain in the arse
- ‘It's caused a lot of inconvenience and hassle but it's not going to affect our business,’ he said.
- I've talked one-on-one with quite a few customers, so I know this caused some of you considerable hassle and inconvenience.
- Couples can resolve the problems of divorcing without becoming involved in the stress, hassle and financial cost of a court settlement.
- 1.1Deliberate harassment: when I told them I would not work on Sundays I got hassleMore example sentences
- We have to pick our way to sanity through a cacophony of pressure and hassle which are not the product of any one moment in time but of the times in which we live.
- But misunderstandings and mistrust do exist, and some have resulted in hassle and harassment.
- After it was discovered that I was a Christian, I was subjected to hassle and harassment on a daily basis and management would not do anything about it.
- 1.2 [count noun] North American A disagreement or quarrel: an election-year hassle with farmersMore example sentencesSynonymsdisagreement, quarrel, argument, dispute, altercation, squabble, wrangle, shouting match, difference of opinion, contretemps, falling-out, war of words; fight, tussle, struggle, fracas, free-for-all, brawl; Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrookScottish • informal rammyNorth American • informal rhubarbScottish • archaic threap, collieshangie
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- Harass; pester: you want to sit and relax and not get hassledMore example sentences
harass, pester, nag, go on at, keep on at, keep after, badger, hound, harry, harp on at, chivvy, trouble, bother, worry, torment, annoy, plague, bedevil, persecute• informal bug, give someone a hard time, get in someone's hair, get on someone's case, get on someone's back, breathe down someone's neckNorthern English mitherNorth American • informal devil, rideAustralian/New Zealand • informal heavy• rare discommodeharassed, stressed, stressed out, harried, frayed, hard-pressed, agitated, flustered, beleaguered, hounded, plagued, bothered, troubled, distressed, beset, hag-ridden, tormented; under stress, under pressure, at the end of one's tether, with one's back up against the wall; North American at the end of one's rope• informal up against it, in a state, hot and bothered
- Sure they were bothered by the state police and hassled by the communist militia, but that just spiced up the spirit of adventure.
- My dad is hassling me because I never return his calls.
- I'll just keep calling you and hassling you until you do…