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.
In fact there's almost no one who's without Some thorn in the flesh, barb or cactus spine, There's usually something lurking like a trout, Somewhere upstream in the waters of Tyne.
8 Dan Godfrey was a major thorn in the flesh of the West Wales side as he took full advantage of his pack's superiority at scrums and lineouts by smashing his way over for a hat-trick of tries - two in the first half and another early in the second period.
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 problem with Askarov is like a thorn in the flesh for him, President Atambaev confessed.
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.
Terrorism is a global threat and a thorn in the flesh of all nations.
THERE was given to me a thorn in the flesh - I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart.
I thought he was very unlucky to have a first goal ruled out for offside, and he was a real thorn in the flesh of the Basle defence.
During her parliamentary career she was hailed as apartheid's most effective parliamentary critic and a thorn in the flesh of the government.
Do you live with some other chronic disease like the apostle Paul with his thorn in the flesh and so many characters in the Gospels?
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.
Burns was a thorn in the flesh of Airdrie all afternoon as he ran their defence ragged.
I would certainly like to be a large thorn in the flesh of Mr Hague and his cronies.
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.