Meaning of “a pain (in the neck)” in the English Dictionary

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"a pain (in the neck)" in British English

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a pain (in the neck)

informal

B2 someone or something that is very annoying:

That child is a real pain in the neck.

(Definition of “a pain (in the neck)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"a pain (in the neck)" in American English

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a pain (in the neck)

infml someone or something that is annoying or difficult to deal with:

One of my students is a real pain in the neck.

(Definition of “a pain (in the neck)” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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