first world problem

noun
variants: or first-world problem or less commonly First World problem or First-World problem
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of first world problem

: a usually minor or trivial problem or annoyance experienced by people in relatively affluent or privileged circumstances especially as contrasted with problems of greater social significance facing people in poor and underdeveloped parts of the world
  • In terms of first world problems, the biggest one is probably a cracked phone screen.
  • —Ben Sin

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1979

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