a pain in the neck
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pain in the neck
A person or thing that is extremely annoying or inconvenient. Getting boxes in and out of the attic is a real pain in the neck.
a pain in the neckINFORMAL
COMMON If someone or something is a pain in the neck, they are very annoying. He was a pain in the neck. I was glad when he left my department. `Sorry,' he said. `They've forgotten to insure the plane. It's a pain in the neck, but what can I do?'
a pain in the neckan annoying or tedious person or thing. informal
There are a number of vulgar slang alternatives to neck in this idiom, such as a pain in the arse or, in the USA, ass .