September 13, 2014 – Word of the Day:  hassle


If something causes trouble for you, it might be a hassle to deal with the problem. When used as a noun, a hassle is usually a small problem, but if you use the word as a verb, the problem could be large or small.

These sentences use "hassle" as a noun:

  • Filing the necessary paperwork with the government is a big hassle.
  • It’s too much of a hassle to drive all the way downtown just to get something to eat. Let’s find a restaurant around here.
  • Dealing with salespeople can be a hassle.
  • Going through security at the airport is a hassle.
  • Why does this have to be such a big hassle?

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Going to court to solve a dispute can be a hassle.

These sentences and questions use "hassle" as a verb:

  • Why are the police hassling those people?
  • Ron’s parents hassled him about staying out late last night.
  • Lakeisha’s boss is hassling her at work. He doesn’t like the way she does her job.
  • Why are you hassling me?
  • Please, don’t hassle me.

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