hassle

noun
has·​sle | \ ˈha-səl How to pronounce hassle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce hassling (audio) \

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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Synonyms for hassle

Synonyms: Noun

brush, encounter, run-in, scrape, skirmish

Synonyms: Verb

bait, haze, heckle, needle, ride, taunt, tease

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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

Think the thrill of finding a unique vintage treasure without the IRL hassle. Teen Vogue, "10 Etsy Shops Where You’ll Definitely Score The Best Vintage," 4 Apr. 2019 With onboard preamps and pickups, these let artists play large venues with acoustic guitars without putting a mic directly on the instrument, which is a logistical hassle that can result in volume inconsistency and feedback issues. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Authenticator apps are more secure, but are a hassle. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google's Secret to Protect Its Employees From Hacking Is Physical Keys," 24 July 2018 Finally, the wastewater from most dye mills ends up in rivers because treating it is such a hassle. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "A greener shade of blue," 11 Jan. 2018 The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says a hassle-free, low-maintenance reactor is unlikely at this point of technological development. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Critics Roast the Department of Defense’s Battlefield Nuclear Reactor," 25 Feb. 2019 Room & Board has created a hassle-free way to achieve the look in your home without having to hardwire the fixture into the ceiling (or without paying someone else to do it). Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Mount Turns Any Pendant Light Into a Plug-In Lamp," 30 Jan. 2019 Read on for the ultimate patriotic itinerary and tips for making the trip out there hassle-free. Juliet Izon, Country Living, "7 Patriotic Sights to Take In on the Ultimate Philadelphia Road Trip," 15 Nov. 2018 The to-go meals from Bob Evans ensure that your Thanksgiving will be hassle-free (at least in terms of food). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "18 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving This Year," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many expect the company to finally get back into the graphics game enough to hassle Nvidia too. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 6 Mar. 2019 Many expect the company to finally get back into the graphics game enough to hassle Nvidia too. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 6 Mar. 2019 Police were called and church members who fit the description were hassled by police. Jaweed Kaleem, latimes.com, "A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again," 30 May 2018 Many expect the company to finally get back into the graphics game enough to hassle Nvidia too. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 6 Mar. 2019 Many expect the company to finally get back into the graphics game enough to hassle Nvidia too. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 29 Jan. 2019 Local authorities would routinely hassle him and his father. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "A Perilous Journey to Escape Kim Jong Un’s North Korea," 20 Dec. 2018 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

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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

Verb and Noun

perhaps blend of harass and hustle

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hassle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hassle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal
: something that is annoying or that causes trouble
US : a fight or argument

hassle

verb

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

informal
: to bother or annoy (someone) constantly or repeatedly
US : to argue or fight

hassle

noun
has·​sle | \ ˈha-səl How to pronounce hassle (audio) \

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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