give (one) trouble

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give (one) trouble

To be a source of struggle or problems for one. Modifiers like "some," "much," and "no," are often used before "trouble." If these kinds of math problems always seem to give you trouble, maybe you should ask your teacher for some more help. You need to go see the doctor if your knee is giving you that much trouble. If you don't want to be arrested, don't give the police any trouble.
See also: give, trouble
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give (somebody) (some, no, any, etc.) ˈtrouble

cause problems or difficulties: My back’s been giving me a lot of trouble lately.The children didn’t give me any trouble at all when we were out.
See also: give, trouble
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References in classic literature ?
He will be giving us trouble presently; may Jove take him before he is full grown.
"But once he was brought off, it changed the game a bit because his movement was giving us trouble.
"One morning I was sitting on an F-16 fixing a gun issue that had been giving us trouble for a few days," Lytle said.
Meanwhile, we are using Spirit's scientific instruments to learn more about the physical properties of the soil that is giving us trouble," he added.
"The Oberoi-Trident is completely clear, there is one terrorist left in the Taj who is giving us trouble and he could hold hostages and that is why we are very cautious," Gafoor said.
The electric fence had been giving us trouble all winter.
"Marshfield's depth is giving us trouble," Bowden said.