trials and tribulations

plural noun

: difficult experiences, problems, etc.
the trials and tribulations of starting a new business

Examples of trials and tribulations in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After several trials and tribulations, the two decided to move forward with their engagement and, hopefully, wedding plans. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 3 June 2024 Perhaps the most infamous instance of this omission was in Homer’s Odyssey, an ancient Greek poem cataloging the trials and tribulations of mortal humans in a world of gods and myth. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2024 The producers make sure the family gets its share of wins in addition to trials and tribulations. Jim Halterman, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 Closing out the ceremony, was The Color Purple star Brooks, who shared her testimony of trials and tribulations throughout her career. Anaja I. Smith, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024 According to Dorsey, the main motive for many young people who share their personal trials and tribulations on social media is feedback, not monetization. Anne Marie Lee, CBS News, 12 Feb. 2024 Although a deli may be a different sort of frantic than a full-service restaurant, the trials and tribulations of a kitchen, a staff, and every ingredient (sorry) of food service was instantly recognizable. Andy Hoglund,, 3 Feb. 2024 Every dog owner knows the trials and tribulations of bath day. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 McCormick plays a teen going through the seemingly unbearable trials and tribulations of growing up. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024

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“Trials and tribulations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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