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

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Neuromarketing has also been a source of growing pains for cognitive neuroscience. Matthew Hutson, WSJ, "‘The New Mind Readers’ Review: Scanning for Thoughts," 27 Nov. 2018 Google Home Mini Aqua, $49, A digital assistant should come in handy to ease the growing pains of cohabiting. Vogue, "Get Ahead of the Registry: 20 Gift Ideas for Your Newly Engaged Friend," 16 Nov. 2018 The 6-4, 256-pounder's versatility could prove critical, though there might be growing pains given he was only a one-year starter. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys training camp questions: Who steps up at receiver for Dak Prescott?," 12 July 2018 Angel Perez, 60, reportedly complained of swelling and growing pain in his right leg after coming home on July 2. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "NJ dad may lose all 4 limbs after contracting bacterial infection while crabbing," 10 July 2018 But lately the Boise area has drawn national attention for fast growth and municipal growing pains. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Stuck in traffic jams, asking who's to blame? The answer depends on who you ask.," 9 July 2018 Injury issues and growing pains on defense led to three one-point losses that cost La Tech a division title. Iliana Limón Romero,, "Talented Louisiana Tech is No. 49 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 9 July 2018 Drive another day: The rookie year growing pains continue for Harding Racing and its veteran driver Gabby Chaves. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe takes rocket ship to winner's circle at Iowa," 8 July 2018 The secondary also suffered through growing pains, allowing opponents to complete nearly 66 percent of their passes in 2017. Matt Murschel,, "BYU aims to rebound from tough year, is No. 59 with 2018 preseason college football rankings," 29 June 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of growing pains 

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

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