Idiom – Pain In The Neck

English Idiom – Pain in the neck.

Meaning – Something or someone that is annoying or difficult to deal with. Someone or something that causes trouble or irritation. This expression can be used to describe a situation that is bothersome.

If you are feeling  extremely angry, annoyed, or irritable you are like a bear with a sore head (idiom).

If somebody is being a pain in the neck you might blow up (phrasal verb) or storm out (phrasal verb)!


When could you use this idiom?

  • Your brother or sister won’t let you get on with your work in peace.
  • You have a pile of homework to do.
  • A neighbour’s dog is constantly barking and you can’t sleep.
  • You are trying to complete a puzzle but it’s proving very difficult.


  • “Will you just leave me alone! I’ve got a zillion things to finish and you won’t let me get on with it. You are such a pain in the neck!”

In The News:

“Especially in that first half, I thought he was a real pain in the neck for the Blackburn defence.”


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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