pain in the bum

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pain in the bum (plural pains in the bum)

  1. (chiefly Britain, slang) Someone or something very annoying.
    • 2000, Max Allen, Crush: The New Australian Wine Book
      This is fine and dandy for the wineries and the consumer [] but it’s a pain in the bum for people like me who have to pigeonhole everybody to make them fit nicely in a book.
    • 2003, Alan Grayson, Mile End
      “Yes, she’s a pain in the bum, coming over all the time.”
    • 2004, Sandy Row, Surviving the Special Needs System
      I know I became a royal pain in the bum to the LEA.