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

This is no problem for programmers, but everyday users just want the software to work without the hassle of learning a programming language. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "5 ancient software programs we refuse to give up," 31 July 2019 Plus there’s just the hassle of getting and being there. Washington Post, "Comic-Con at 50: Bigger than ever, but at what cost?," 16 July 2019 Think of this eau as a summer escape, without the hassle of flying to an exotic locale. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Diptyque Launches a New Limited Edition Fragrance With the Summer Solstice," 21 June 2019 According to the Home Depot–commissioned survey of 1,000 new U.S. homeowners, almost one-third (32 percent) want their homes to look updated without the hassle of a major renovation. Lauren Phillips, ajc, "Study: This is the room a third of Americans would renovate first," 1 May 2018 The amount of cleanup and hassle rivaled many manual machines. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?," 21 July 2019 Other Treemont couples and singles rave about the ease of living in a new home without stairs, close to doctors and without unexpected financial bills and transportation hassles. Houston Chronicle, "Many Treemont residents never even considered moving to retirement community," 19 July 2019 Many riders were stoic, shrugging off the delay as just another rush-hour hassle for San Francisco’s beleaguered rail system. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Flood water shuts down Muni station, rains down on BART," 18 July 2019 The companies say the two services allow for simpler housing transactions with less hassle. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Opendoor, Redfin team up in real-estate partnership in Phoenix," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Over the past month, riders with bike-hailing startups have also been hassled by union agents to pay five times the original price of union dues. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Bike-hailing startups in Lagos may soon have to pay thousands of dollars in state fees," 22 July 2019 The ministry has sought to tackle issues like unemployment, broken water taps, and pregnant women being hassled during monthly food-ration distributions. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way," 17 June 2019 Back in 1997’s Men in Black, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones hit the pavement investigating New York crime, hassling a shady pawn shop guy, swinging by the morgue, chasing some exterminator out to Flushing Meadows. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 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

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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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