Definition of public nuisance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    public nuisance

    BrE BrE//ˌpʌblɪk ˈnjuːsns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpʌblɪk ˈnuːsns//
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  1. 1 [singular, uncountable] (law) an illegal act that causes harm to people in general He was charged with committing (a) public nuisance.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] (informal) a person or thing that annoys a lot of people Door-to-door salesmen are a public nuisance.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: public nuisance