pain in the ass

Discussion in 'English Only' started by piotr1980, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. piotr1980 Senior Member


    What does the expression ''pain in the ass'' mean?

    ''It's a pain in the ass'' - does it mean that something is difficult to do?

    Many thanks
  2. liliput

    liliput Senior Member

    U.K. English
    "A pain in the ass (arse in BE)" is something/someone undesirable, usually very annoying.
    "That guy is always bothering me, he's a pain in the ass."
    "English exams are a pain in the ass."
    "This pain in my ass is a pain in the ass."
  3. river Senior Member

    U.S. English
    Yes. As liliput it, "pain in the ass" is a very annoying thing or person.

    We also say pain in the butt, the rear, and the neck.
  4. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    Or simply, "a pain."

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