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growing painsnoun [plural]

uk   /ˈɡrəʊ.ɪŋ ˌpeɪnz/ us   /ˈɡroʊ.ɪŋ ˌpeɪnz/
  • growing pains noun [plural] (PHYSICAL PAIN)

pains felt by young people in the bones or joints (= places where two bones are connected) of their legs
  • 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)

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growing painsplural 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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