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"to be a hassle" / "to be a big hassle"

Meaning: an annoying task or work that usually takes a long time to do or is very inconvenient to do

Similar Expressions
  • This work is a hassle.
  • This work is a pain in the neck.
  • This work is a pain in the butt.
  • This work is annoying.
  • This work is a pain.
When do we use it?

We use this word to describe something that we do not like to do because it is inconvenient or annoying. It is usually not something very complex or difficult like building a rocket. But it is usually a simple task that just takes a long time and is not easily done like filling out paperwork.

How do we use it?

We usually use this noun at the end of a sentence to describe and tell about the subject.
  • Going to the bank is a hassle. It takes 20 minutes to get there and the lines are always so long.
  • Working with the government is a hassle. There are so many rules and regulations.
  • Fixing this will be a hassle.
  • It was a hassle to go downtown to get this.
Example English Conversations

A) How is your day going?
B) Terrible. I have to fill out this paperwork. It will take me forever. I have to fill out 4 pages for every employee in this division. There are over 50 people.
A) What a hassle! Good luck with that.

A) Why do you like shopping online?
B) It is so convenient. Going to the store and finding a parking spot and dealing with the crowds is such a hassle.
A) I don't think going to stores is a hassle. I enjoy it.
B) I guess we are just different.

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