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thorn

Synonyms of thorn in English:

noun

  • technical spicule
  • Phrases

    thorn in the flesh (or in someone's side)

    1
    he has become a thorn in the flesh of any establishment you're an irritant, a thorn in his side, an embarrassment
    annoyance, irritant, irritation, source of irritation, source of vexation, source of annoyance, pinprick, pest, bother, trial, torment, plague, inconvenience, nuisance, menace
    informal aggravation, peeve, pet peeve, pain, pain in the neck, bind, bore, headache, hassle
    Scottish informal nyaff, skelf
    North American informal pain in the butt, nudnik, burr in/under someone's saddle
    Australian/New Zealand informal nark
    British vulgar slang pain in the arse

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