Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z

Give someone a pain

verb phrase

(Variations: in the neck or in the ass may be added) To be distasteful, repellent, tedious, etc: That guy gives me a royal pain in the neck/ one of those bragging polymath types who gave everybody a ass (entry form 1891+, neck 1921+, ass 1940s+)


Read Also:

  • Give someone a ring

    verb phrase To call on the telephone (1940s+) 1. Also, give someone a buzz. Call someone on the telephone, as in Give me a ring next week, or Bill said he’d give her a buzz. Both these expressions allude to the sound of a telephone’s ring. [ ; c. 1920 ] 2. Present a lover […]

  • Give someone a slap on the wrist

    verb phrase To give a light and insufficient punishment; RAP someone’s KNUCKLES: They caught a couple more Mafiosi and I’m sure they’ll give them a real good slap on the wrist (1914+)

  • Give someone a tumble

    verb phrase To show a sign of recognition or approval; acknowledge: The newspaper guys had the Bone Crusher pegged as a plant and wouldn’t give him a tumble/ Both knew me, but neither gave me a tumble [1921+; probably fr the earlier take a tumble to oneself, ”examine oneself closely, esp with respect to one’s […]

  • Give someone away

    verb phrase To expose oneself; show one’s opinion, guilt, etc: I tried to be serious, but a grin gave me away (1862+)

Disclaimer: Give someone a pain definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.