a pain in the ass / butt
/ɐ pˈeɪn ɪnðə ˈæs bˈʌt/
a person or thing that annoys one very much
a victim of one's own success
/ɐ vˈɪktᵻm ʌv wˈʌnz ˈoʊn səksˈɛs/
a situation in which an individual or organization faces negative consequences or difficulties as a result of their own achievements or accomplishments
a pain in the neck
/ɐ pˈeɪn ɪnðə nˈɛk/
a person or thing that causes one great annoyance or a lot of difficulty
to be / go / get beyond a joke
/biː ɡˌoʊ ɡɛt bɪjˌɑːnd ɐ dʒˈoʊk/
to start becoming a source of trouble or worry
to come back to haunt sb
/kˈʌm bˈæk tə hˈɔːnt ˌɛsbˈiː/
(of a a previous action, decision, or mistake) to get one into trouble in the future
to get in the way of sb/sth
/ɡɛt ɪnðə wˈeɪ ʌv ˌɛsbˈiː slˈæʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to not let someone do something or to prevent something from getting done by causing problems
long haul
/lˈɑːŋ hˈɔːl/
a task that needs a great amount of time and effort to finish
stumbling block
/stˈʌmblɪŋ blˈɑːk/
something that prevents the progress or occurrence of something
to take a lot out of sb
/tˈeɪk ɐ lˈɑːt ˌaʊɾəv ˌɛsbˈiː/
to exhaust one mentally or physically in order to be done or achieved
the last / final straw
/ðə lˈæst fˈaɪnəl stɹˈɔː/
the final and decisive event or action that pushes someone beyond their tolerance or patience, leading to a significant reaction or decision
a monkey on one's back
/ɐ mˈʌnki ˌɑːn wˈʌnz bˈæk/
a problem that is in no way easy to solve or get rid of
like kicking (dead) whales down the beach
/lˈaɪk kˈɪkɪŋ dˈɛd wˈeɪlz dˌaʊn ðə bˈiːtʃ/
used to refer to a task or activity that is completely pointless and illogical
to get one's hands dirty
/ɡɛt wˈʌnz hˈændz dˈɜːɾi/
to engage in manual work, particularly one that is exhausting or of high difficulty
thorn in one's side / flesh
/θˈɔːɹn ɪn wˈʌnz sˈaɪd flˈɛʃ/
a person or thing that is problematic and hard to deal with
the chill wind of sth
/ðə tʃˈɪl wˈɪnd ʌv ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
a collection of problems that are caused by something
milestone around one's neck
/mˈaɪlstoʊn ɐɹˈaʊnd wˈʌnz nˈɛk/
an inescapable problem or responsibility that proves too much for one to bear
tar baby
/tˈɑːɹ bˈeɪbi/
a problem that becomes more difficult to deal with the more one tries to solve it
the straw that break the camel's / donkey's back
/ðə stɹˈɔː ðæt bɹˈeɪk ðə kˈæməlz dˈɑːŋkɪz bˈæk/
one of several difficulties happening after one another that finally makes it intolerable for someone to continue something
to be drown in / with sth
/biː dɹˈaʊn ɪn wɪð ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to be overwhelmed or completely absorbed by a specific thing, experience, or emotion
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