pain-in-the-arse

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

pain-in-the-arse

(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.
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It's where a pain-in-the-arse kid goes up scaffolding and hides, only to be rescued by a superhero called Robbie.