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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'On 2nd January, 2019, this thorn in our flesh woman and her gang came to Apedwa and rained insults on me and my wife at the palace for no apparent reason.
'The advisory has not really affected our tourist arrivals but it's a thorn in our flesh, it's been nagging us,' he said, adding that the advisory could create misconceptions from other countries about Sabah.
"There was a period not so long ago when City were actually in the Second Division and they were never a thorn in our flesh," said Ferguson.
London, July 19 (ANI): Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that Manchester City have become a "thorn in our flesh" and that Manchester United now view their neighbours as a genuine threat for honours.
He was always a thorn in our flesh any time we played against Huntly.
After seeing his 35-match unbeaten home run ended in a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea, United boss Alex Ferguson said: "Chelsea have been a particular thorn in our flesh here and today was no different."
Speirs swooped for the Ayr striker yesterday and said: "He was a thorn in our flesh when he played against us for both Ayr and East Fife."