One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause to lose hope.‘such students can be the despair of conscientious teachers’
be the bane of, be the scourge of, be a burden on, be a trial to, be a thorn in the flesh of, be a thorn in the side of, be a bother to, be the ruin of, be the death ofView synonyms
- ‘He is the despair of his family, particularly his father.’
- ‘A sprawl of potatoes at the center of the picture is the despair of a family of seven and a worried dog as a pluming rain cloud approaches from distant hills.’
- ‘There is a stubborn devotion in most congregations to their local interests and mission, which has been the despair of all enthusiasts for world issues.’
- ‘After a few games he was the despair of every British dad on the touchline.’
- ‘This passive resistance to change was the despair of the improving landowner, who tended to relapse into apathy after a few years of vain effort.’
- ‘Bottom of her class and constantly in trouble, she is the despair of her teachers and her wealthy, successful parents.’
- ‘They proved adept at using them and maintaining them in conditions which would have been the despair of others, but they were not curious about them beyond the knowledge required to make them work.’
- ‘It becomes in a way the despair of philosophers, just like it was the despair of Proust's publishers.’
- ‘The voice is the despair of typists and stenographers: there seems nothing to cling to, no pauses, no paragraphing, no full stops.’
- ‘Men's fashions from the late nineteenth century showed a kind of egalitarianism, though their conservatism was the despair of retailers.’
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