thorn in (one's) flesh

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thorn in (one's) flesh

A person or thing that is frequently problematic, aggravating, or annoying. My new neighbors blast music at all hours of the day and night—they're a real thorn in my flesh. My car has become such a thorn in my flesh—today is the third day this week that it wouldn't start for me!
See also: flesh, thorn

thorn in one's flesh

Also, thorn in one's side. A constant source of irritation, as in Paul's complaining and whining are a thorn in my flesh, or Mother's always comparing us children-it's a thorn in our sides. This metaphoric expression appears twice in the Bible. In Judges 2:3 it is enemies that "shall be as thorns in your sides"; in II Corinthians 12:7 Paul says his infirmities are "given to me a thorn in the flesh."
See also: flesh, thorn
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The article pays attention to Paul's reference to a "thorn in his flesh," using the theory of complex embodiment.
It appears as if the writer has a thorn in his flesh against the West.
Mr Raja was suing van Hoogstraten over a business deal at the time The judge added: "Nothing less than murder would rid Mr van Hoogstraten of this thorn in his flesh."
Justice Lightman said: "Nothing less than murder would rid Mr Van Hoogstraten of this thorn in his flesh. The evidence pointing to this conclusion is overwhelming." The judge said Van Hoogstraten also later boasted about the murder and " threatened a repeat if aggravated in the future".
Although I am not the biggest fan of the current administration (indeed, council leader Chris Holley probably regards Swansea Green Party as more of a thorn in his flesh than the 'official' Labour opposition at the moment!), it is to their credit that they have bitten the bullet and increased parking charges around the city centre.
Justice Lightman added: "Nothing less than murder would rid Mr Van Hoogstraten of this thorn in his flesh. The evidence pointing to this is overwhelming." Van Hoogstraten's lawyer Giovanni di Stefano said outside court: "He did not do it.