hassle

noun
has·​sle | \ˈha-səl \

Definition of hassle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heated often protracted argument : wrangle embroiling myself in a long, exasperating hassle with masons— S. J. Perelman

2 : a violent skirmish : fight

3a : a state of confusion : turmoil all hassle and hurly-burly— Ellery Queen

b : an annoying or troublesome concern avoid the hassle of filling out paperwork flight delays and other hassles of holiday travel too much of a hassle to bother with

hassle

verb
hassled; hassling\ˈha-​s(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of hassle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: argue, fight hassled with the umpire

transitive verb

: to annoy persistently or acutely : harass gets hassled by the cops

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Examples of hassle in a Sentence

Noun

All this paperwork is a hassle. They've had to deal with flight delays and all of the other hassles of holiday travel. He got into a hassle with his landlord.

Verb

Other kids were always hassling her because she was overweight. I'm sick of being hassled by telemarketers. I don't have time to hassle with you about this! Just do what I tell you to do!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If this seems like too much of a hassle, Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, recommends picking up cookware that comes pre-seasoned, like the carbon steel items from Lodge. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Cast Iron the Right Way," 27 Aug. 2018 Seriously, setting up your live tree and stand is way more of a hassle with this. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Wine Bottle Christmas Trees Are A Thing You Need To Know About," 13 Aug. 2018 Black cars, by their very nature, are even more vulnerable to competition from Uber, which offers customers less hassle and a lower price for a similar service. Jessica Pressler, Daily Intelligencer, "The Tragic End to a Longtime Black-Car Driver’s Campaign Against Uber," 15 May 2018 Everything, save the four-wheel packing cases (in 28- and 31-inch versions), is a light and time- and hassle-saving carry-on. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "It’s Easy Being Green With Vogue x T. Anthony’s Limited-Edition Luggage Collection," 20 Sep. 2018 Chicago Ridge and Schiller Park residents — get ready for some midsummer traffic hassles. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Construction projects to close Ridgeland Avenue, I-294 ramps," 6 July 2018 Business travel is an inevitable hassle for millions of Americans. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "All That Business Travel May Be Making You Physically and Mentally Sick, Study Says," 15 June 2018 As if Facebook didn't give you enough surveillance hassles lately, The New York Times takes a look at a company called Securus, which advertises the ability to track nearly any cell phone in the US within seconds. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: The Hidden Commands Only Alexa Can Year," 12 May 2018 Señor Sisig, a fleet of five Filipino-fusion food trucks in the San Francisco area, counts higher tips and less hassle as the benefits of having gone cashless Jan. 1. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "More restaurants go cashless, accept only cards and other forms of payment," 15 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Black kids are subject to more corporal punishment at school, more likely to be hassled or killed by cops, more likely to be turned down for loans or mortgages. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 Maxine Waters tells activists to hassle Trump Cabinet officials? David Weigel, Washington Post, "Can Democrats get their base excited about a court fight?," 30 June 2018 The idea that this is a restoration of federalism is a howler—states have never in the history of the republic enjoyed such power to hassle people outside their borders. James Freeman, WSJ, "When Will Washington Stop Helping Amazon?," 22 June 2018 No one hassles anyone else, or judges them, for being in prison — that seems to only happen among middle-class folks outside. Tina Jordan, New York Times, "How Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ Fueled a Debut Thriller," 11 May 2018 Smarty, who was hassled early by premature moves from horses taken out of their best running styles, deserved to win. Dick Jerardi, Philly.com, "Unbeaten Justify on cusp of horse racing history with Belmont Stakes days away," 6 June 2018 French and Sue are hired by one of their boss’ untrustworthy associates, who asks them to track down somebody who maybe doesn’t deserve to be hassled. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Tough guy Scott Adkins is the right fit for 'The Debt Collector'," 31 May 2018 While on Watch What Happens Live, the actress and entrepreneur told Andy Cohen that she was hassled by Kylie Jenner's bodyguards at the Opening Ceremony show. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Kylie Jenner Is Apologizing to Jessica Alba," 19 Sep. 2015 When Moncada strolled past Ken Williams the next day, the Sox team president jokingly hassled him. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "‘Hola, mi amigo’: Spanish-speaking White Sox players learning English at their own pace," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hassle

Noun

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1951, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hassle

Noun

see hassle entry 2

Verb

perhaps blend of harass and hustle

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hassle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hassle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that is annoying or that causes trouble

: a fight or argument

hassle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hassle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bother or annoy (someone) constantly or repeatedly

: to argue or fight

hassle

noun
has·​sle | \ˈha-səl \

Kids Definition of hassle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that annoys or bothers Filling out these forms is a hassle.

2 : an argument or fight She got into a hassle with the neighbor.

hassle

verb
hassled; hassling

Kids Definition of hassle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to annoy continuously : harass “He hassles all the smaller kids on the bus.”— Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

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