growing pains

plural noun

1
: pains in the legs of growing children having no demonstrable relation to growth
2
: the stresses and strains attending a new project or development

Examples of growing pains in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And like many other young writers, Nichols accepted it as growing pains. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2023 But, obviously, with that comes growing pains. Rachel Seo, Variety, 16 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for growing pains 

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of growing pains was in 1810

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“Growing pains.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/growing%20pains. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

growing pains

plural noun
1
: pains in the legs of growing children having no proven relation to growth
2
: difficulties that accompany something new
a business going through growing pains

Medical Definition

growing pains

noun plural
grow·​ing pains ˈgrō-iŋ-ˌpānz How to pronounce growing pains (audio)
: pains occurring in the legs of growing children having no demonstrable relation to growth
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