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growing painsnoun [plural]

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  • growing pains noun [plural] (PHYSICAL PAIN)

painsfelt by ​youngpeople in the ​bones or joints (= ​places where two ​bones are ​connected) of ​theirlegs
  • growing pains noun [plural] (DIFFICULTIES)

the ​problems of a new ​organization or ​activity
(Definition of growing pains from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"growing pains" in American English

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growing painsplural noun

 /ˈɡroʊ·ɪŋ ˌpeɪnz/
  • growing pains plural noun (EMOTIONS)

emotionaldifficulties or ​confusionexperienced by a ​youngperson during the ​time between being a ​child and an ​adult
  • growing pains plural noun (PROBLEMS)

temporaryworries and ​problemsexperienced by an ​organization when it is new or ​becomesinvolved in a new ​activity
(Definition of growing pains from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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