Idiom of the Week – Week 33

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“a pain in the neck”: something or someone that is frustrating or difficult to deal with; Nervensäge, ein Krampf sein, ein Dorn im Auge sein

Example 1:  Dealing with travel expenses following a business trip is always a pain in the neck.

Example 2:  Generally he’s a nice guy, but he can be a pain in the neck if you don’t do things exactly as he thinks they should be done.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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