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English definition of “growing pains”

growing pains

plural noun  /ˈɡroʊ·ɪŋ ˌpeɪnz/

growing pains plural noun (EMOTIONS)

emotional difficulties or confusion experienced by a young person during the time between being a child and an adult

growing pains plural noun (PROBLEMS)

temporary worries and problems experienced by an organization when it is new or becomes involved in a new activity
(Definition of growing pains from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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