a thorn in the/someone's flesh/side

idiom

: a person or thing that repeatedly annoys someone or something or causes problems
He's been a thorn in my side for years.
a thorn in the side of the industry

Examples of a thorn in the/someone's flesh/side in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the past decade, Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation have been a thorn in the side of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Joe Rubin, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 Alinejad is a journalist and dissident with a large online following who has long been a thorn in the side of the regime. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2024 Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, one of five Lions to earn All-Pro honors, was a thorn in the side of the San Francisco secondary with five catches for 73 yards at halftime. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2024 The deal could exacerbate tensions between the speaker and the House Freedom Caucus, a group of archconservatives who have been a thorn in the side of GOP leadership for nearly a decade. Marianna Sotomayor, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images Inflation has been a thorn in the side of central banks worldwide for over two years, but Goldman Sachs’ chief economist Jan Hatzius believes the era of pain for consumers is coming to an end. Will Daniel, Fortune, 18 Dec. 2023 Johnson did lose 93 Republican votes, and the approach landed him in hot water with conservatives and deficit hawks who have been a thorn in the side of GOP leaders for nearly a decade. Marianna Sotomayor, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 The digital campaign has been cheered along by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian women rights activist who immigrated to the United States and has become a thorn in the side of the regime. Hyder Abbasi, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2022 Surging abuse of the drug has become a thorn in the side of the Saudi government, which has taken steps to curb smuggling efforts. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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“A thorn in the/someone's flesh/side.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20thorn%20in%20the%2Fsomeone%27s%20flesh%2Fside. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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