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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And where momentum often freezes over the winter and roster change renders the past irrelevant for many, this Padres team’s growing pains have always been thought to be a necessary component of reaching its aspirations. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres’ focus shifts to winning now for later," 1 Sep. 2019 There were going to be growing pains, but Malzahn urged the 19-year-old to not flinch in the face of adversity. Tom Green |, al, "Bo Nix delivers Auburn big win vs Oregon, 1st of ‘plenty’ of moments in debut," 1 Sep. 2019 Indiana is still young, and if these are simply the growing pains of the early season, with Eastern Illinois next week, that's fine. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "3 reasons: It was far from perfect, but IU opens season with win over Ball State," 31 Aug. 2019 American Factory charts the wave of exultation that greeted the arrival of Fuyao, followed by culture clashes, growing pains, and eventually forms of internal and external pushback that had been largely unknown to the company. David Sims, The Atlantic, "American Factory Is a Complex Chronicle of Global Capitalism," 30 Aug. 2019 In a real sense there was not a fully functioning government and there have been some growing pains. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Cherokee Nation aims to send first delegate to Congress, citing past treaties," 29 Aug. 2019 Though the original Edge had, and has, its strengths, Edge missed its window: Most users simply returned to Chrome, a full-fledged browser that worked, and let Microsoft Edge work through its growing pains by itself. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on with the next Microsoft Edge, Microsoft's revamped Chromium-based browser," 28 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday, the streaming service released the first full trailer for Titans season 2, which previews the group’s growing pains. Chancellor Agard,, "Titans season 2 trailer urges Dick Grayson to 'be Batman'," 27 Aug. 2019 Expect growing pains in coverage, but the potential for each is immense after such a great start. Fletcher Page,, "You may see these 5 freshmen on the field a lot for Cincinnati football in 2019," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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