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hassle

noun has·sle \ ˈha-səl \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of hassle

1 : a heated often protracted argument : wrangle
  • embroiling myself in a long, exasperating hassle with masons
  • —S. J. Perelman
2 : a violent skirmish : fight
3 a : 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.

Recent Examples of hassle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hassle

hassle Synonyms

Synonyms
brush, encounter, run-in, scrape, skirmish
Related Words
argument, fight, quarrel, row, spat, squabble, tiff; battle, brawl, fray, wrangle
Near Antonyms
truce

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hassle

verb

Definition of hassle

hassled; hassling play \ˈha-s(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
: argue, fight
  • hassled with the umpire
transitive verb
: 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!

Recent Examples of hassle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hassle

perhaps blend of harass and hustle


HASSLE Defined for English Language Learners

hassle

noun

Definition of hassle for English Language Learners

  • : something that is annoying or that causes trouble

  • : a fight or argument


hassle

verb

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

noun has·sle \ ˈha-səl \

Definition of hassle for Students

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.

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hassle

verb

Definition of hassle for Students

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


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