Definition of hassle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhæsl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæsl//
    [countable, uncountable] (informal)
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  1. 1a situation that is annoying because it involves doing something difficult or complicated that needs a lot of effort It’s a hassle having to travel with so many bags. Send them an email—it's a lot less hassle than phoning. legal hassles
  2. 2a situation in which people disagree, argue or annoy you Do as you're told and don't give me any hassle! Try not to get into a hassle with this guy.
  3. Word Originlate 19th cent. (originally dialect in the sense ‘hack or saw at’): of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of haggle and tussle.Extra examples Camping isn’t really worth all the hassle. He gave me so much hassle I decided it wasn’t worth it. I don’t want the hassle of opening a new bank account. I started to get all this hassle from my boss about increasing productivity. I’ve had so much hassle over this business. It saves a lot of hassle if you buy them by post. Package holidays take all the hassle out of travel arrangements. She got the computer set up with no hassle at all. They faced interminable legal hassles if they wanted to claim compensation. It’s a hassle having to travel with so many bags. Send them an email—it’s a lot less hassle than phoning.
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