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19th September 2019

A pain

We use this expression to say that someone or something annoys us.
Usage
Written: 
Yes
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
I can't stay long. I've got to prepare for a test tomorrow.
Tests are a real pain, aren't they! Good luck.
Example 2
How are you getting on with Paul?
He's a real pain, actually. He never does what I say.