(a) pain in the neck

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pain in the neck

"(a) pain in the neck"

someone or something that is very annoying or troublesome


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pain in the neck

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Did you manage to get an extension for your term paper?

Student 2:  It was a very annoying process of several application forms with detailed explanations.  Then the paperwork had to be sent to various departments.  And it all ended with an interview with the professor where I literally had to beg.

Student 1:  Sounds like was a real pain in the neck.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pain in the neck

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You don't look very happy.

Friend 2:  My parents went away for the weekend and left me to look after my little brother. He follows me everywhere. He wants to do everything I do. He won't leave me alone.  He has become so annoying that I think I will scream.

Friend 1:  I know what you mean. I've got a little brother, too. He's often a pain in the neck.

(a) pain in the neck - Usage:


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(a) pain in the neck - Gerund Form:

Being a pain in the neck is not a good way to win friends.

(a) pain in the neck - Examples:

1)  I know all those auto-deposits and withdrawals are a pain in the neck to change.

2)  ... more of us are using multi-monitor setups, which can be a pain in the neck to manage.

3)  And environmental legislation is seen, really, as a pain in the neck.

4)  Carly can sometimes be a pain in the neck! She likes to take things from you especially after school when you first walk ...

5)  Shopping for home insurance can be a real pain in the neck. The most tedious part of buying a home was shopping for home insurance.

6)  Jesus really was a nobody, and a pain in the neck to a lot of people with better connections than he had.

7)  ... a challenge feels like... well... a challenge, a pain in the neck, something to get through.

8)  ... especially in Ayer's case since he was such a snooty pain in the neck.

9)  If your car gets towed, it's a pain in the neck. If your home gets towed, it's a disaster.

10)  I understand why that happens. It's a pain in the neck to track every little expense. Let me share a much better approach.

11)  To be honest, our kid can be a bit of a pain in the neck sometimes and the teacher has 30 other students she needs to deal with.

12)  The man who thinks he knows it all, is a pain in the neck to those of us who really do.

13)  If for fun I wanted to play it the big pain in the neck solution would be going through all the issues looking for it.

14)  Inflation is proving a real pain in the neck for older people. At the moment they're being squeezed considerably harder than younger ...

15)  Yes, it may seem like a pain in the neck but winning funding (grants) is what academic life depends upon.

16)  ... and it would obviously be a pain in the neck to be constantly bumping into hundreds tourists with a permanent grin on their face and ...

17)  Reporters are a pain in the neck.

18)  This PC threat or whatever you call it was literally a pain in the neck and has badly affected my Windows 7 system in spite of the fact that I ...

19)  Keeping a diary is a pain in the neck but can be really helpful to confirm any suspected triggers.

20)  Have you ever had to deal with someone who is a pain in the neck? A person who was so difficult to deal with that you had to really ...