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one-banana problem

A problem, project, or task that requires little to no effort, expertise, or intelligence to solve or complete. Supposedly from the notion that a trained monkey could do what is required. A: "We have to add in some code so that users are able to remain logged into the website, even if they visit other pages." B: "No worries, that's a one-banana problem."
See also: problem

a problem shared is a problem halved

Talking about a problem with someone else usually makes it seem less daunting or troubling. Just tell me what's bothering you, honey. You know what they say—a problem shared is a problem halved.
See also: halve, problem, share

problem child

1. A child who is prone to wild or disobedient behavior. I know it's hard to believe now that he's a successful lawyer, but Timmy was a total problem child and constantly got into trouble! Debbie just keeps misbehaving no matter what we do—do you have any suggestions for dealing with a problem child?
2. One aspect of a company that is not performing as well as others. At this point, our retail store has become such a problem child that management is probably going to close it down before it bankrupts us.
3. A product that requires a lot of attention and funding in order to be successful. I know you all see this book as a problem child, but I really do think that it can a bestseller with the right marketing approach.
See also: child, problem

first world problem

slang A frivolous issue or problem that is only a source of great concern or frustration because the speaker lives in an economically-developed country; a minor issue compared to the hardships faced by those living in so-called "third world" countries. A: "I can't believe the Wi-Fi is down. What am I supposed to do if I can't watch Netflix?" B: "Hello first world problems!" I just got back from a service trip to Haiti, and things I was worried about before I left just seem like first world problems now.
See also: first, problem, world

a cash flow problem

A lack of money, typically due to spending more money than is being earned. After years of unaddressed cash flow problems, the company went bankrupt. I'm having a bit of a cash flow problem right now, so can I pay you back next week?
See also: cash, flow, problem

teething problems

Problems encountered during the initial part of a process. Likened to the discomfort experienced by babies when they are getting their first teeth (i.e. when they are "teething"). Our supply line issues are just teething problems. Once we get the process streamlined, we'll be fine.
See also: problem, teething

work the problem

To work to address or solve a problem by trying many different solutions until one is successful. My favorite part about engineering is working the problem until we find an elegant solution. Don't just complain that it's broken. Work the problem!
See also: problem, work

no problem

1. That is not a problem; don't worry about it. A: "It looks like the file was deleted when the computer crashed." B: "No problem, there should be a backup copy."
2. I would be happy to. A: "Would you mind emptying the dishwasher for me?" B: "Sure, no problem."
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no sweat

1. That is not a problem; don't worry about it. A: "It looks like the file was deleted when the computer crashed." B: "No sweat, there should be a backup copy
2. I would be happy to. A: "Would you mind emptying the dishwasher for me?" B: "Sure, no sweat."
See also: sweat

cash flow problem

a lack of hard currency. My real estate business has a temporary cash flow problem. Due to his cash flow problem, he was unable to pay his employees that month.
See also: cash, flow, problem

contend with a problem

to put up with a difficulty; to struggle with the problems caused by someone or something. I cannot contend with your temper anymore. I wish we did not have to contend with this changeable weather.
See also: contend, problem

for all someone's problems

in spite of a person's problems (as specified). For all her complaining, she still seems to be a happy person. For all my aches and pains, I'm still rather healthy.
See also: all, problem

have a weight problem

Euph. to be fat; to be overweight. He had a weight problem when he was a teenager, but he slimmed down once he started exercising. She has a weight problem, but she's a lovely woman.
See also: have, problem, weight

have an alcohol problem

 and have a drinking problem
Euph. to be a drunkard. He has an alcohol problem. It got so bad that he almost lost his job. If you have a drinking problem, our clinic can help.
See also: have, problem

(I have) no problem with that.

That is okay with me. (See also No problem.) Bob: Is it okay if I sign us up to play mixed doubles? Sally: I have no problem with that. Bill: It looks as though we will have to come back later. They're not open yet. Is that all right? Jane: No problem with that. When do they open?
See also: problem, that

no sweat

 and no problem
Inf. no difficulty; do not worry. Of course I can have your car repaired by noon. No sweat. You'd like a red one? No problem.
See also: sweat

*root of the problem

an understanding of the causes or basis of a problem. (*Typically: determine ~; figure out ~; find ~; get to ~; get at ~.) It will take a little more study to get to the root of the problem. Let's stop avoiding the issue and get at the root of the problem.
See also: of, problem, root

(that causes) no problem

That will not cause a problem for me or anyone else. (No problem is informal.) Mary: Do you mind waiting for just a little while? Bob: No problem. Sue: Does this block your light? Can you still read? Jane: That causes no problem.
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What's the problem?

1. Lit. What problem are you presenting to me? Bill (coming in): I need to talk to you about something. Tom: What's the problem, Bill? "What's the problem?" said Mary, peering at her secretary over her glasses.
2. Inf. a question asking what the problem is and implying that there should not be a problem. Child (crying): He hit me! Father: What's the problem? Child: He hit me! Father: Are you hurt? Child: No. Father: Then stop crying. Bob: Hi, Fred. Fred: What's the problem? Bob: There's no problem. Why do you ask? Fred: I've had nothing but problems today.

no problem

1. Also, no sweat; not to worry. There's no difficulty about this, don't concern yourself. For example, Of course I can change your tire-no problem, or You want more small change? no sweat, or We'll be there in plenty of time, not to worry. The first of these colloquial terms dates from about 1960 and the second from about 1950. The third, originating in Britain in the 1930s and using not to with the sense of "don't," crossed the Atlantic in the 1970s.
2. You're welcome, as in Thanks for the ride, Dad.-No problem. [Late 1900s]
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no sweat

see under no problem.
See also: sweat

teething problems


teething troubles

COMMON Teething problems or teething troubles are problems in the early stages of something. Some teething troubles aside, the new computer system works well. There are bound to be teething problems in a new marriage.
See also: problem, teething

a chicken-and-egg problem

an unresolved question as to which of two things caused the other.
This expression comes from the traditional riddle: ‘which came first, the chicken or the egg?’
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no problem

used to express agreement or acquiescence.
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no sweat

without any difficulty or problem. informal
1998 GQ Give me a date and I'll take it, no sweat. No problem. If I'm available.
See also: sweat

do you have a ˈproblem with that?

(spoken) used to show that you are impatient with somebody who disagrees with you
See also: have, problem

ˌit’s/ˌthat’s not ˈmy problem

(spoken, informal) used to show that you do not care about somebody else’s difficulties: Well, I’m sorry you feel that way, but I’m afraid it’s not my problem.
See also: not, problem

no ˈproblem

(spoken, informal)
1 (also not a ˈproblem) used for saying that you can do something or are happy to do something for somebody: ‘Can you be here at 7.30 tomorrow morning?’ ‘No problem.’
2 used after somebody has thanked you or said they are sorry for something: ‘Thanks for the ride.’ ‘No problem.’
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that’s ˈyour, ˈhis, etc. problem

(spoken, informal) used to show that you think somebody should deal with their own difficulties: If she doesn’t like it, that’s her problem, not mine!
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what’s your ˈproblem?

(spoken, informal) used to show that you think somebody is being unreasonable: What’s your problem? I only asked if you could help me for ten minutes.

no ˈsweat

(spoken) used as a way of saying that something is not difficult or any trouble: ‘Thanks for driving me to the station.’ ‘No sweat (= it is no trouble).’‘How was the exam?’ ‘I passed that one, no sweat.’
See also: sweat

have, etc. ˈteething problems/troubles

experience small problems or difficulties in the development of a product, business, etc., or when something new first becomes available to the public: If your new car is having teething troubles, take it back to the garage where you bought it.
When a baby is teething, its first teeth are starting to grow, which is painful for the baby.

No problem

1. and No prob and NP phr. All is well.; There is no problem, so don’t worry or fret. (Often said after someone else says I’m sorry.) No problem. I can do it easily. A: Gee! I’m sorry! B: No prob.
2. phr. you are welcome. (Sometimes said after someone else says thank you.) A: Thanks a lot. B: No problem.
See also: problem

no sweat

interj. no problem; Don’t worry; it is no problem. It’s no big deal. No sweat.
See also: sweat

no problem

1. Used to express confirmation of or compliance with a request.
2. Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
See also: problem

no sweat

1. Easily done or handled.
2. Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
See also: sweat
References in classic literature ?
The next problem that faced the young men of the telephone, as soon as they had escaped from the clamor of the mysterious noises, was the necessity of taking down the wires in the city streets and putting them underground.
The problem then is, why do not the public become more civilised?
I have never yet encountered any problem, however, which my inventive brain was unable to solve, and I promise you that to-morrow I will turn my attention to the question of our descent.
Viewing the matter as an abstract problem, I had forgotten how personal and painful a thing it might be to you.
For forty years he had vainly tried to solve a problem that was really himself and that with increasing years became more and more a woeful affliction.
The problem, therefore, is this-- What thickness ought a cast-iron shell to have in order not to weight more than 20,000 pounds?
Their interest in psychology is naturally centred in the relation of consciousness to its object, a problem which, properly, belongs rather to theory of knowledge.
By this time the carriages, that were to convey the revelers to their respective homes, had begun to assemble outside the Castle-grounds: and it became evident--now that Lady Muriel's cousin had joined our party that the problem, how to convey five people to Elveston, with a carriage that would only hold four, must somehow be solved.
As she sought her own rooms in Diana's Grove, she went over the whole subject again and again, always finding in the face of Lilla Watford a key to a problem which puzzled her--the problem of a way to turn Caswall's powers--his very existence--to aid her purpose.
Holmes, because I recognized that I am myself an unpractical man and because I am suddenly confronted with a most serious and extraordinary problem.
You may readily understand that I have occupied my mind with this subject, which was, necessarily, so interesting to me, but I have not been able to solve the problem with the appliances now known to mechanical science.
And as soon as silence came, I found myself in front of this extraordinary mass of faces, thinking not of them, but of that long and unhappy chapter in our country's history which followed the one great structural mistake of the Fathers of the Republic; thinking of the one continuous great problem that generations of statesmen had wrangled over, and a million men fought about, and that had so dwarfed the mass of English men in the Southern States as to hold them back a hundred years behind their fellows in every other part of the world--in England, in Australia, and in the Northern and Western States; I was thinking of this dark shadow that had oppressed every large-minded statesman from Jefferson to Lincoln.
He seemed to see and hear nothing of what was going on around him and to be absorbed by some depressing and unsolved problem.
He pursued the problem like the sleuth-hound that he was.
We had our greatest difficulty with the webbed feet, but even that problem was finally solved, so that when we moved about we did so quite naturally.
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