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

Same hassle for her kids, who spent up to 90 minutes sometimes on the school bus to Miller Elementary. Kristi Tanner, Freep.com, "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION Thank heavens: They finally got their bridge fixed; many communities still suffer," 7 June 2019 Funny Graduation Captions The tassel was worth the hassle. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "35 Graduation Day Instagram Captions That Will Go Perfect With Your Degree," 22 Mar. 2019 The idea was simple and alluring: Instead of dealing with the hassle of switching between snow and summer tires as the seasons change, drivers could use one tire all the time. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "All-Season Tires: Can They Really Handle Winter Weather?," 28 Jan. 2019 Air Fryer Tofu Get super crispy tofu, without the hassle of using a deep-fryer. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Should You Get an Air Fryer? Here's What Food Bloggers and a Registered Dietitian Say," 31 Jan. 2019 The trip, which takes about three hours, allows passengers to easily travel from London to Amsterdam, on to Paris and back to London without the hassle of air travel. Diane Daniel, BostonGlobe.com, "Eurostar launches direct route from London to Amsterdam," 1 May 2018 Its proximity to Geist, Fishers and Indianapolis is being sold as a no-hassle entertainment alternative. Indianapolis Star, "Here comes Fortville: Tiny burg nabs $9M in funds for Main Street facelift, trail," 18 June 2018 Orlando and Las Vegas rolled out this week as test markets for a new service that lets sellers forgo the hassles of decluttering, staging and showing a home and instead seek offers from a pool of real estate investors. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Zillow tests 'Instant Offers' service for Orlando home sellers," 22 May 2017 Still, the Open Library continues to operate without much legal hassle, save for a few omissions created by individual copyright takedown notices. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "ROM sites are falling, but a legal loophole could save game emulation," 21 Aug. 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 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 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

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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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