growing pains

plural noun

Definition of growing pains

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 But after an offseason of anxiety around the offensive line, the miss was a reminder of the growing pains USC might still face this season with two redshirt freshmen finding their footing up front. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 The buzz: There were a lot of growing pains for the Bulls in Year 1 under Scott, including an eight-game losing streak to wrap up the season. Matt Murschel,, 30 Aug. 2021 That’s part of the growing pains, though, for an inexperienced reliever whom the Cubs envision being an important piece of the bullpen in the future. Meghan Montemurro,, 7 Aug. 2021 The fast rebound has led to some growing pains for the industry amid staffing constraints at airlines and airports, severe weather that has scrambled flight schedules, and tense standoffs with unruly passengers during some flights. Alison Sider, WSJ, 14 July 2021 These businesses have joined the stock market much earlier in their existence than companies that pursued I.P.O.s and are going through growing pains. New York Times, 14 June 2021 Her example and approach kept me going through those early growing pains. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Okoro is going through rookie growing pains and isn’t yet a reliable offensive player. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2021 Yes, Speed Force/Nora was still hanging around and went through some growing pains with Barry, but the episode was mainly focused on Frost's past coming back to haunt her. Chancellor Agard,, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of growing pains

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of growing pains

: pains in the legs of children who are growing
: the problems that are experienced as something (such as a business or a project) grows larger or more successful

growing pains

noun plural

Kids Definition of growing pains

: pains that occur in the legs of growing children but have not been proven to be caused by growth

growing pains

noun plural
grow·​ing pains | \ ˈgrō-iŋ-ˌpānz How to pronounce growing pains (audio) \

Medical Definition of growing pains

: pains occurring in the legs of growing children having no demonstrable relation to growth


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