be a pain in the arse

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be a pain in the arse

rude slang To be an especially irritating, aggravating, or obnoxious person, thing, or situation. Primarily heard in UK. You know, Jack, you may be my friend, but you can be a real pain in the arse sometimes! This calculus homework is a real pain in the arse. It's not that I don't understand it, it's just so tedious!
See also: arse, pain
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Boxing pundit Steve Bunce, for example, said of Bruno's ex-wife Laura, who took over his affairs and ran his business in something of an an abrasive manner: "I don't suppose people will tell you she was a pain in the arse to deal with, but she was.
Cut to Frank Maloney, Lennox Lewis's manager at the time he beat Bruno, who said: "She was a pain in the arse to deal with.
An officer then told me I was a pain in the arse and slammed the phone down.