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a/the devil of a (something)

Used as an intensifier to indicate an extreme degree of something, especially that which is difficult, frustrating, or vexing. I'm having the devil of a time getting this computer to work. Something must be wrong with it. We knew it would be a devil of a job overhauling the entire network, but it was unavoidable. These weeds can become a devil of a nuisance if you let them grow for too long.
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make a nuisance of (oneself)

To become a source of disruption, irritation, or difficulty (for someone or something). We have to make a nuisance of ourselves, or these companies will never take our complaints seriously. I'm sorry to be making a nuisance of myself, but the boss told me to shadow you while you work and ask any questions I might have.
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nuisance value

The importance of a person or thing relative to their ability to cause problems or vexation. Sure, an old car looks really cool, but replacement parts are so hard to find that it's got a high nuisance value.
See also: nuisance, value
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make a nuisance of oneself

to be a constant bother. I'm sorry to make a nuisance of myself, but I do need an answer to my question. Stop making a nuisance of yourself and wait your turn.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make a nuisance of oneself

Bother or annoy others, as in That child is making a nuisance of himself.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

make a nuisance of yourself

cause trouble and annoyance, usually deliberately or avoidably.
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a/the ˈdevil of a job, nuisance, fellow, etc.

(old-fashioned) a difficult or an unpleasant example of something: We’re going to have a devil of a job getting the roots of that tree out of the ground.
See also: devil, of
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Said private person, however, must necessarily: (a) make a prior demand for the owner or possessor of the property to abate the nuisance; (b) such owner or possessor refused to comply with the demand; (c) the abatement is approved by the district health officer and executed with the assistance of the local police; and (d) the value of the destruction does not exceed P3,000.
Meanwhile, a private person aggrieved by a private nuisance may: (a) institute a civil action; or (b) have said nuisance summarily abated by a public official.
The aggrieved private person or public official shall be liable for damages for extrajudicially abating the nuisance if: (a) he causes unnecessary injury; or (b) the alleged nuisance is later declared by the courts to be not a real nuisance.
The first major shift in the operation of the nuisance doctrine was caused by a trend toward industrialization of animal agriculture practices in the first half of the 20th century.
Part IV focuses on the modern application of nuisance doctrine and the shift toward protection of agricultural interests.
The final article, "Urban Environments and the Animal Nuisance," by Sean Kheraj, offers a comparative analysis of the different ways Canadian cities regulated animals in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal during the nineteenth century.
Risk is another major theme in this special issue, and the urban hazards examined in the preceding articles are perhaps disserved by the term nuisance, which does not quite convey the real dangers involved with living and working in contaminated environments.
It's a nuisance and it's a domestic animal and they shouldn't be in a residential area.
"I have to be convinced that the sound made by a rooster constitutes a Board of Health nuisance," Mr.
Public nuisance actions were typically criminal actions until a 1536 English court decision that allowed individuals to recover damages under nuisance law.
Restatement (Second) of Torts and the Expansion of Public Nuisance.
First, a number of specifically identified vacant, abandoned houses in seriously defective condition were alleged to be public nuisances as defined by section 3767.41.
This was necessary because the defendants' servicers could escape the litigation's law enforcement effort by transferring title to one or more of their regular buyers, putting ownership in a state of limbo for a period of time but allowing the defendants to claim to the court that they no longer owned the nuisances. The court issued the requested order.
Not all interference, (34) however, rises to the level of a private nuisance. For a successful action, "the interference must be substantial and the harm significant." (35) "[A]s Dean Prosser ...
Public nuisance has historical roots in a crime called a purpresture, which was an "'encroachment[] on the king's right'" and involved an action such as an "'obstruction of roads, non-repair of bridges, [or an] interference with light....'" (38) Today, a "public nuisance is an unreasonable interference with a right common to the general public." (39) of the two types of nuisance, litigants against wind farms generally pursue private nuisance, so public nuisance need not be discussed further.