pain in the arse

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pain in the arse

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


(used before a noun) Very irritating, aggravating, or obnoxious. Primarily heard in UK. I've still got a few pain-in-the-arse jobs to do around the farm before I can call it quits for the day. We're having Mary over for dinner tomorrow night. I just hope her pain-in-the-arse husband doesn't come along as well.

a pain in the arse


a pain in the ass

COMMON If someone or something is a pain in the arse, they are very annoying. These people were an almighty pain in the arse to deal with. Note: The words bum and backside can be used instead of arse and the word butt can be used instead of ass. When I was bored, I was a pain in the bum. All this airport security's a pain in the butt. Note: `Arse', `ass', `backside', `bum' and `butt' are all informal words for `bottom'.
See also: arse, pain
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WILLIAM Gallas last night vented his fury at Chelsea's Champions League pairing with Arsenal - branding the Gunners "a pain in the arse.
Gallas groaned: "I'm starting to feel sick of us being paired against Arsenal, they are a real pain in the arse.
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.
Can you think of anything more uplifting than telling your loved one: "I'm just off to attack Thatcher's buttocks with a needle, making the bitch realise what she is to everyone else - a horrendous pain in the arse.