[has-uh l] /ˈhæs əl/ Informal.

a disorderly dispute.
a problem brought about by pressures of time, money, inconvenience, etc.:
Finding a decent place to have lunch in this neighborhood is always a hassle.
verb (used without object), hassled, hassling.
to dispute or quarrel:
children hassling over who has the most toys.
to take time or effort:
We don’t want to hassle with all that waiting in line.
verb (used with object), hassled, hassling.
to bother, annoy, or harass:
I’ll do the work, so don’t hassle me.
a prolonged argument; wrangle
a great deal of trouble; difficulty; nuisance
(intransitive) to quarrel or wrangle
(transitive) to cause annoyance or trouble to (someone); harass

1945, American English, perhaps from U.S. Southern dialectal hassle “to pant, breathe noisily” (1928), of unknown origin; or perhaps from hatchel “to harass” (1800), which may be a variant of hazel, the name of the plant that furnished switches for whippings. Noted in 1946 as a show biz vogue word.

1951, from hassle (n.). Related: Hassled; hassling.



[1920s+, but mainly 1940s+; origin unknown; probably fr hatchel, ”to harass,” found by 1800, a hatchel being an instrument for beating flax, and related to heckle;perhaps fr hazel, with a variant hassle, the switch used for beatings; hazel oil meant ”a beating” by 1678]


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