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hassle

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noun has·sle \ˈha-səl\

Definition of hassle

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

  2. 2 :  a violent skirmish :  fight

  3. 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>

Examples of hassle in a sentence

  1. All this paperwork is a hassle.

  2. They've had to deal with flight delays and all of the other hassles of holiday travel.

  3. He got into a hassle with his landlord.

Origin and Etymology of hassle

see 2hassle


First Known Use: 1945


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hassle

verb has·sle

Definition of hassle

hassled

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hassling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  argue, fight <hassled with the umpire>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to annoy persistently or acutely :  harass <gets hassled by the cops>

Examples of hassle in a sentence

  1. Other kids were always hassling her because she was overweight.

  2. I'm sick of being hassled by telemarketers.

  3. I don't have time to hassle with you about this! Just do what I tell you to do!

Origin and Etymology of hassle

perhaps blend of harass and hustle


First Known Use: 1951


HASSLE Defined for English Language Learners

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hassle

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noun has·sle \ˈha-səl\

Definition of hassle for English Language Learners

  • : something that is annoying or that causes trouble

  • : a fight or argument


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hassle

verb has·sle

Definition of hassle for English Language Learners

  • : to bother or annoy (someone) constantly or repeatedly

  • : to argue or fight


HASSLE Defined for Kids

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hassle

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noun has·sle \ˈha-səl\

Definition of hassle for Students

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

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


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verb has·sle

Definition of hassle for Students

hassled

hassling

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



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