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English definition of “trials and tribulations”

trials and tribulations

literary or humorous
troubles and events that cause suffering : the trials and tribulations of marriage Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of trials and tribulations from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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