a thorn in your side

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a thorn in your side

"a thorn in your side"

someone or something that repeatedly causes you pain, problems or annoyance


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a thorn in your side

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You look tired again.

Friend 2:  It's the same old trouble.  Ever since I moved in to my new apartment, at three o'clock every morning, someone's car alarm goes off for ten minutes.  It takes me thirty minutes to get back to sleep.

Friend 1:  That car alarm has been a thorn in your side every since you moved in.

Friend 2:  And it's driving me crazy!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a thorn in your side

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Is that a new computer on your desk?

Colleague 2:  Can you believe it? The company finally replaced my old computer. I can't believe how much of a thorn in my side it was.

Colleague 1:  I don't know how you could have possibly put up with the annoyance of three sticky keys on the keyboard and the computer crashing at least once a day.

a thorn in your side - Usage:


a thorn in your side - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a thorn in your side.

a thorn in your side - Examples:

1)  Canada's spy agency says the online collective Anonymous isn't just a thorn in the side of the powerful, but the new model for digital hacktivism.

2)  ... champion for working people, a defender of the underdog, a thorn in the side of every premier, a maverick's maverick.

3)  Mr. Issa has used the position to make himself a thorn in the side of Democrats, aggressively investigating a number of topics.

4)  The board members would also say that I was a thorn in their side, because I often voted against them.

5)  ... the longevity of the protests is proving to be a thorn in their side.

6)  ... including the cold-blooded killing of Col. Gaddafi, a thorn in their side from the moment he took power from a corrupt King Idris.

7)  ... was two years younger. When we were little, he was mostly a thorn in my side. He would follow me around, and I had the older ...

8)  ... it has been a thorn in my side since, never dealt with it and to be honest, ...

9)  ... believer in all things quick, efficient and effective and that extra time became a thorn in my side.

10)  My teeth and dentists have been a bit of a thorn in my side. I've done so much work on trying to get calm ...

11)  ... contact with him almost immediately through the rule against smoking. This rule was a thorn in his side. He was accustomed to his three or four cigarettes in a ...

12)  ... always find something to praise in others, even those who proved to be a thorn in his side.

13)  Iranian republican guard is the problem, and a thorn in his side.

14)  Obamacare continues to be a thorn in his side as people oppose it 54-42%.

15)  ... should Netanyahu launch a strike on Iran, he would have a thorn in his side for the rest of his life.

16)  How would we feel if Dover were a French enclave? It would be a thorn in our side, surely.

17)  Immigration policy has been a thorn in our side and whether you support amnesty or a border fence, ...

18)  This guy was a thorn in our side; something had to be done.

19)  If your head-space towards Social Media is that it's a thorn in your side, and the bane of your existence, then you are not ...

20)  However in their stubborn streak they can tend to be a thorn in your side so watch out.