- 1 [uncountable, countable] a problem, worry, difficulty, etc. or a situation causing this We have trouble getting staff. He could make trouble for me if he wanted to. trouble (with somebody/something) The trouble with you is you don't really want to work. We've never had much trouble with vandals around here. Her trouble is she's incapable of making a decision. The trouble is (= what is difficult is) there aren't any trains at that time. The only trouble is we won't be here then. No, I don't know his number—I have quite enough trouble remembering my own. financial troubles She was on the phone for an hour telling me her troubles. Our troubles aren't over yet. see also teething troubles illness/pain
- 2 [uncountable] illness or pain back trouble I've been having trouble with my knee. Synonymsillnesssickness ill health troubleThese are all words for the state of being physically or mentally ill.illness the state of being physically or mentally ill.sickness illness; bad health:I recommend you get insurance against sickness and unemployment.illness or sickness?Sickness is used especially in contexts concerning work and insurance. It is commonly found with words such as pay, leave, absence and insurance. Illness has a wider range of uses and is found in more general contexts.ill health (rather formal) the state of being physically ill or having lots of health problems:She resigned because of ill health. Ill health often lasts a long period of time.trouble illness or pain:heart trouble. When trouble is used with this meaning, it is necessary to say which part of the body is affected.Patterns chronic illness/sickness/ill health to suffer from illness/sickness/ill health/heart, etc. trouble See related entries: Being ill with machine
- 3 [uncountable] something that is wrong with a machine, vehicle, etc. mechanical trouble My car's been having engine trouble. difficult/violent situation
- 4 [uncountable] a situation that is difficult or dangerous; a situation in which you can be criticized or punished The company ran into trouble early on, when a major order was cancelled. A yachtsman got into trouble off the coast and had to be rescued. If I don't get this finished in time, I'll be in trouble. He's in trouble with the police. My brother was always getting me into trouble with my parents.
- 5 [uncountable] an angry or violent situation The police were expecting trouble after the match. If you're not in by midnight, there'll be trouble (= I'll be very angry). He had to throw out a few drunks who were causing trouble in the bar. See related entries: Anger extra effort
- 6 [uncountable] trouble (to somebody) extra effort or work synonym bother I don't want to put you to a lot of trouble. I'll get it if you like, that will save you the trouble of going out. Making your own yogurt is more trouble than it's worth. She went to a lot of trouble to find the book for me. He thanked me for my trouble and left. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her (= she's always ready to help). I can call back later—it's no trouble (= I don't mind). I hope the children weren't too much trouble. in Northern Ireland
- 7the Troubles [plural] the time of political and social problems in Northern Ireland, especially after 1968, when there was violence between Catholics and Protestants about whether Northern Ireland should remain part of the UK Word Origin Middle English: from Old French truble (noun), trubler (verb), based on Latin turbidus, from turba
to try hard to do something well They take a lot of trouble to find the right person for the right job. to do something even though it involves effort or difficulty synonym effort (2) She didn't even take the trouble to find out how to spell my name. (saying) if you talk to somebody about your problems and worries, instead of keeping them to yourself, they seem less serious