a thorn in the/someone's flesh/side

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Definition of a thorn in the/someone's flesh/side

: 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

Word by Word Definitions

thorn play
  1. : a sharp rigid process on a plant

  2. : any of various sharp spinose structures on an animal

  3. : a woody plant bearing sharp impeding processes (such as prickles or spines)

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

flesh play
  1. : the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate

  2. : the condition of having ample fat on the body

  3. : skin

  1. : to initiate or habituate especially by giving a foretaste

  2. : gratify

  3. : to clothe or cover with or as if with flesh

side play
  1. : the right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body

  2. : one of the halves of the animal body on either side of the median plane

  3. : a cut of meat including that about the ribs of one half of the body

  1. : situated on the side

  2. : of or relating to the side

  3. : directed toward or from the side

  1. : to agree with : support

  2. : to be side by side with

  3. : to set or put aside : clear away

  1. : swaggering or arrogant manner : pretentiousness


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