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Pain in the neck

"to be a pain in the neck" / "to be a pain in my neck"

Meaning: someone or something that is very annoying; something that is a hassle to do

Similar Expressions
  • This task is a pain in the neck.
  • This task is a pain in my butt.
  • This task is annoying.
  • This task is annoying and hard.
  • This task is a hassle.
  • I hate doing this task.
When do we use it?

We use this to describe a person who annoys us.
  • Mark is a pain in the neck.
  • Sally asks too many questions. She is a pain in the neck.
We can also use it to describe a thing, job, or task that is annoying. This is usually something that is boring, hard, or annoying to do.
  • Going to the post office is a pain in the neck.
  • Cleaning the bathroom is a pain in the neck.
  • Proofreading a long paper is a pain in my neck.
How do we use it?

"A pain in the neck" is a noun, so we can use it any way that we other nouns. Typically, we use this expression after a "be verb". We can use "a pain in the neck" or "a pain in my neck".
  • He is such a pain in the neck.
  • Don't be a pain in my neck.
Example English Conversations

A) I hate writing contracts. It is such a pain in the neck.
B) It is annoying and takes a long time, but it is very important.

A) Mary keeps postponing our meeting and making excuses not to meet me.
B) She does that a lot. Working with her can be a pain in the neck.

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