thorn in the flesh

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thorn in the flesh

A constant or persistent cause of annoyance, frustration, or trouble. My little brother is such a thorn in the flesh—he always wants to do stuff with me, especially when I'm trying to hang out with my friends.
See also: flesh, thorn
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School fires have remained a thorn in the flesh for various institutions amid concerns of lack of capacity to contain them.
Resistance will always remain a thorn in the flesh of Zionism and its ideology which is rooted in the perverse notion of supremacy and power," the statement added.
The Congress encouraged him all the time when he was filing cases against our leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and when Dr Shankar Rao used the same methodology against his own party persons and cabinet colleagues, he became a thorn in the flesh and was thus dropped, she said.
THERE was given to me a thorn in the flesh - I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart.
Over the next 30 years, under the doughty presidency of Marcus Binney, SAVE has become a thorn in the flesh of greedy developers, neglectful corporations and mendacious government departments.
A massive lawsuit which became a thorn in the flesh of burger giant McDonald's returned to court yesterday with an appeal by two environmental campaigners against a judge's ruling that they had libelled the fast food chain.
In the intervening period, Anand, who is now senior paediatrician at Bombay's prestigious Jaslok Hospital, has become well-known as a champion of breastfeeding--and a thorn in the flesh of the companies which produce and market alternatives.
Mr Clarke, 52, has been a thorn in the flesh of Tory Central Office in Scotland since he was forced to resign the East Lothian seat in 1986 after a smear campaign.
He said the garbage menace that has been a thorn in the flesh of county government officials will be among his top priorities.