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pain and suffering

A legal term for the physical and emotional trauma endured by the complainant in a case. Primarily heard in US. We are in court today because of the pain and suffering that Mr. Smith's reckless driving has caused my client.
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suffer the consequences

To experience negative repercussions for one's actions or words, especially those that one would expect to incur punishment. I told you not to try to sneak in, and now that you've been caught, you're just going to have to suffer the consequences. If we do nothing to curb this pollution, I guarantee we will suffer the consequences in the future.
See also: consequence, suffer

suffer from (something)

1. To be afflicted by some ailment or injury. My father suffered from depression all his life. The poor child suffers from terrible eczema on her arms and legs.
2. To be forced to endure some negative condition or status. This area suffers from frequent droughts. The country has been suffering from a severe economic depression since leaving the customs union three years ago.
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suffer a setback

To experience or encounter some kind of minor delay, obstacle, impasse, or failure. The project suffered a setback when we realized the manufacturer had stopped producing the part we needed. After suffering a couple of setbacks early on, the company has finally started making consistent profits and growth.
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suffer an attack of (some illness)

To be stricken by a sudden or acute onset of some kind of illness or its symptoms. I went to bed early last night after suffering a severe attack of indigestion. He suffered an asthma attack halfway through the hike.
See also: attack, of, suffer

suffer under (one)

To be forced to live or cope with the oppression of some brutal or repellent figure of authority. We suffered under the dictatorship for nearly 40 years, before the revolution brought democracy to our country. If we have to suffer under another pig-headed general manager like Tom, I swear I'll hand in my two weeks' notice.
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suffer a setback

to have a minor or temporary failure. We suffered a setback when much of our vineyard was damaged by a fungus.
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There is a relationship between suffering and love, on the one hand, and between love and truth, on the other.
It is the call to see and be near, to share in the suffering, aware that it won't destroy you, for you have been claimed by the One who has overcome all suffering by suffering the cross.
Because the objects of our attachment are transient, their loss is inevitable, thus suffering will necessarily follow.
Wilkinson's substantive treatment of suffering revolves around three themes.
He treats a wide variety of emotional and behavioral issues, as well as working with people suffering from chronic pain and illness.
to provide aquatic therapy for veterans suffering from brain and spinal injuries, neurological disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other physical maladies.
Miller says that this visitation of the Other is an opportunity for us to practice generosity; the author argues that to live and participate fully in the world, we must be willing to welcome the stranger, to welcome the suffering the Other will bring as a shaping force.
The author admits at the end of the book that Winfrey's "ethos of self-help is false" (233), and her "democracy of suffering is unappealing" (235); but prior to this point, the book is a hagiography.
So many cases of suffering are due to the pet owner not being aware of what is expected of them.
At last, a Native American belief about bear attacks began to infuse some meaning for her into all the suffering.
As David Swann points out in Gordon Legge's profile in this issue, ordinary Iraqis are suffering dreadfully--and will suffer more if war breaks out.
That anxiety was the main reason Hurwitz had ended up treating so many people for pain--about 300 patients suffering from cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, diabetic complications, and other painful conditions.
Gunderman's glorification of suffering ("Is Suffering the Enemy?
Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us