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English definition of “a pain (in the neck)”

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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.
Translations of “a pain (in the neck)”
in Chinese (Traditional) 極其討厭的人(或事物)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 极其讨厌的人(或事物)…
(Definition of a pain (in the neck) from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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