Definition of growing pains in English:

growing pains

plural noun

  • 1Neuralgic pains which occur in the limbs of some young children.

    • ‘In contrast to growing pains, the pain of fatigue, which may occur with or without excessive physical activity, disappears after rest.’
    • ‘And by Spinoza's lights, however uncomfortable they may be, healthy growing pains are not sufferings, unless an adolescent thinks of his body as an external cause of his condition.’
    • ‘However, if a child does fit the criteria for growing pains, the parents should be reassured that this is a benign, self-limited process that occurs for unknown reasons.’
    • ‘In response to Roy's death, her parents draw strength from their faith, while Alison struggles with hers against the backdrop of puberty's growing pains.’
    • ‘One symptom that doctors find most helpful in making a diagnosis of growing pains is how the child responds to touch while in pain.’
    • ‘Everyone used to say that I was young, it was just growing pains; then I woke up and I was twenty-one with insomnia and a rapidly dropping GPA and it makes you think.’
    1. 1.1The difficulties experienced in the early stages of an enterprise.
      ‘the growing pains of a young republic’
      • ‘Higher demand for coverage and the reality of rising healthcare costs have created unfortunate growing pains for the long-term healthcare insurance segment of the industry.’
      • ‘His puck handling, offensive skill and offensive instincts are good enough that he continues to get ice time while he goes through growing pains and improves his two-way game.’
      • ‘Most companies prefer a more gradual transition into complex 3D software because the growing pains and costs associated with the transition are minimized.’
      • ‘Many of Asia's democracies are young and face predictable growing pains.’
      • ‘It's reflective of the current PC games market, and part of the growing pains of the hardware leading the software, which is almost always the case in the PC universe.’
      • ‘We are arrogant in not allowing young nations to go through the same growing pains, turbulence and revolution that characterised our history.’
      • ‘The era was characterized by the growing pains of a new and often disadvantaged urban class, and by new weaponry such as breech-loading pistols and rifles, and the invention of dynamite by Nobel in 1862.’
      • ‘Ireland, a young nation, is still suffering from the growing pains of her remarkably rapid rise.’
      • ‘As it turns out, houses and neighborhoods abroad suffer from similar growing pains as those in the United States.’
      • ‘Then there are the inevitable growing pains - pains that, in this business, can be lethal.’
      • ‘But for now, the 2003 rookies are suffering from major growing pains, trying to compete while learning.’
      • ‘The story of our club is a long and honourable one, but not without our growing pains.’
      • ‘It plans to replace them with younger players, which could result in growing pains this year.’
      • ‘In the year of its Olympics debut, this is a young sport suffering from its growing pains.’
      • ‘The company - publishing an average of 500 novels a month - is suffering from extreme growing pains.’
      • ‘Its appeal, he argues, can be explained by the fact that it came at the right time, when workers were suffering from the growing pains of industrialisation.’
      • ‘But his inexperience is causing growing pains.’
      • ‘Which means that many State Associations have completed the growing pains that we are now facing.’
      • ‘The club's infield is young, and with youth comes growing pains.’
      • ‘In retrospect, it appears that - after two or three decades of growing pains - our understanding of this crucial moment in the history of European landscape painting has entered a phase of early maturity.’


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