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 Kelly’s methodology allows for some growing pains early in the season in order to crescendo in November, when No. 1 Clemson visits Notre Dame Stadium in prime time. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "Analysis: Potential long-term gains are worth the September imperfections for Notre Dame," 18 Sep. 2020 Beathard's growing pains are scattered throughout the entire album, couched in pungent lyrics and memorable melodies that lean toward his rock tastes. Nancy Kruh,, "Tucker Beathard's New Album KING Rises from His Growing Pains and His Brother's Senseless Death," 21 Aug. 2020 That many greenhorns in one secondary certainly sounds ripe for some harmful growing pains. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Vikings rookie cornerbacks will be thrown into fire without preseason games," 9 Aug. 2020 There may be some growing pains, but never count the Dragons out. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about the Class 5A, District 4 Kentucky high school football teams," 9 Sep. 2020 This is an offensive roster that is loaded with plenty of talent, but the big question, without a doubt, is whether all these new additions will be able to gel and produce right away without growing pains. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "The one glaring weakness for each of these 9 Super Bowl contenders," 8 Sep. 2020 Like Wills, all of the rookies are suffering growing pains, but are coming along. cleveland, "Is David Njoku a trade option with the Browns keeping 5 tight ends? Hey, Mary Kay!," 6 Sep. 2020 In his Senate testimony on Friday, DeJoy chalked that up to growing pains as the organization tries to get leaner., "Mnuchin paved way for postal service shake-up," 22 Aug. 2020 Cuties, one of the many new projects headed to Netflix in September, follows the growing pains of a young girl trying to stretch her wings. Ineye Komonibo,, "Netflix Apologises After Receiving Backlash For Inappropriate “Cuties” Poster," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of growing pains

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Sep 2020

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“Growing pains.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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