Definition of trouble in English:

trouble

noun

mass noun
  • 1Difficulty or problems.

    ‘I had trouble finding somewhere to park’
    ‘friends should support each other when they are in trouble’
    ‘the government's policies ran into trouble’
    count noun ‘our troubles are just beginning’
    • ‘He quietly worked out his own problems, choosing not to burden others with his troubles.’
    • ‘Adding to his troubles, he suffered from an overactive thyroid and had an awkward physical appearance.’
    • ‘But you saw me go, and that was the beginning of my troubles.’
    • ‘It was failure - business failure, money problems, family troubles - as much as ambition that sent men to the colonies.’
    • ‘All the ladies are extremely happy to be joining the group as it brings us all together to share news and views and, if needs be, troubles and problems.’
    • ‘So, travelers from both sides suffer lots of troubles and inconveniences, such as difficulties in booking seats and paying overly expensive rates.’
    • ‘All I wanted to do was run, run away from all my misery and troubles.’
    • ‘For many, music serves as an outlet from life's hardships and troubles.’
    • ‘Everyone has their fair share of troubles and problems that other people don't even know about.’
    • ‘Others face pressures which can affect their commitment to college, such as financial difficulties, housing problems, or troubles at home.’
    • ‘Roh himself had suffered troubles on many occasions due to his aides' blunders.’
    • ‘This, once again, is a consequence, the difficulty is a consequence of the worldwide financial troubles of the parent company.’
    • ‘The troubles and tribulations of parents to equip their wards for their examination and mushroom growth of coaching centres do not augur well for students, parents or society.’
    • ‘A few people probably went a tad overboard in suggesting solutions to our troubles, a little bit difficult to do successfully when you know the barest minimum about the situation.’
    • ‘He explains why their troubles were only beginning.’
    • ‘No matter how ill she was, she always enjoyed a chat and a laugh and was never one to burden people with her troubles.’
    • ‘Hynotherapy is administered by his ‘guru’ orthodontist, however his troubles are only just beginning.’
    • ‘In many ways, it's the beginning of all his troubles.’
    • ‘The car industry's troubles reflect widespread problems across Australia's manufacturing sector.’
    • ‘Of course, that's just the beginning of your troubles, according to Chris.’
    problems, difficulty, issues, bother, inconvenience, worry, anxiety, distress, concern, disquiet, unease, irritation, vexation, annoyance, stress, agitation, harassment, unpleasantness
    problem, misfortune, difficulty, issue, trial, tribulation, trauma, adversity, hardship, burden, distress, pain, suffering, affliction, torment, woe, grief, unhappiness, sadness, heartache, misery
    in difficulty, in difficulties, having problems, in a mess, in a bad way, in a predicament, in desperate straits, in dire straits, heading for disaster, heading for the rocks, with one's back against the wall
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    1. 1.1 The malfunction of something such as a machine or a part of the body.
      ‘their helicopter developed engine trouble’
      • ‘An enemy combatant posing as a taxi driver claimed to have engine trouble.’
      • ‘When we catch smugglers at sea, they will pretend to have engine trouble.’
      • ‘When he saw Monica's car, he'd flag it down, plead engine trouble and ask if Corbett could drive him.’
      • ‘Midway through the race, while the boat was stopped with engine trouble, he started slurring his speech and blacked out.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, despite getting pole position, he was forced out of the race early on with engine trouble.’
      • ‘Sure enough, the aircraft developed engine trouble and crashed into the Pacific.’
      • ‘We regally glide by a group of all-terrain-vehicle riders, one of whom is having engine trouble.’
      • ‘They said the plane's pilots had asked for an emergency landing at Lyon Airport after it developed engine trouble.’
      • ‘Eddie and Paddy developed engine trouble while Padraic and Sinead broke a drive shaft on the last stage.’
      • ‘It is believed that the accident happened when the five bikes were forced to swerve to avoid another bike, which had slowed down because of engine trouble.’
      • ‘An emergency planning manager with the ambulance service was told the plane had engine trouble before the crash.’
      • ‘Apparently, his motorcycle had engine trouble and he needed to use the phone.’
      • ‘The Piper Saratoga developed engine trouble and broke up as it hit the moor in thick mist.’
      • ‘The pilot contacted Rome airport officials at 3.24 pm local time reporting engine trouble.’
      • ‘Stromness lifeboat was called out on Sunday evening after a fishing boat with engine trouble began drifting towards shore near the Bay of Skaill.’
      • ‘Residents of the village heard the plane approach from the direction of the lake and it appeared to have engine trouble.’
      • ‘Reportedly, the crew ordered the immigrants overboard when the boat began having engine trouble.’
      • ‘He, like many people of his age, suffered from circulatory troubles.’
      • ‘He said afterwards that his towing aircraft was either hit by flak or developed engine trouble.’
      • ‘They were to being given an airborne tour of the area when the helicopter developed trouble.’
      disease, illness, sickness, ailment, complaint, problem
      malfunction, dysfunction, failure, breakdown, fault
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    2. 1.2 Effort or exertion made to do something, especially when inconvenient.
      ‘I wouldn't want to put you to any trouble’
      ‘he's gone to a lot of trouble to help you’
      • ‘Their most recent research found people felt recycling was inconvenient and too much trouble.’
      • ‘Carson had gone to a lot of trouble to make sure that things would be near perfect.’
      • ‘Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, as they glide effortlessly, never fuss or faff.’
      • ‘Second, you should be sure that the defense you're going to invest all this time and effort in is worth the trouble.’
      • ‘We have gone to a lot of trouble to configure these machines and provide our users with as wide an array of software as we can afford.’
      • ‘She told him she didn't want to put him to any trouble but he smiled: "It would be my pleasure."’
      • ‘We had gone to the trouble of establishing food, water, fuel, medical kits and generators at three sites across the city.’
      • ‘Attacking school segregation in court was the only effort that appeared to be worth the trouble.’
      • ‘We make the journey, we take the trouble, we think the effort worth it.’
      • ‘I commend the speaker for the care and trouble that he took in preparing those scripted words.’
      • ‘I refused to put him to any trouble on my account.’
      • ‘You've gone to a lot of trouble to check your results, so I suspect you've done your calculations right.’
      • ‘We really didn't want to put him to any trouble, but the offer seemed too good to refuse.’
      • ‘They really do save you more trouble than you care to think about.’
      • ‘It took a hang of a lot of trouble and effort to make any move by the Government to make that possible, but finally it did.’
      bother, inconvenience, fuss, effort, exertion, work, labour
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    3. 1.3 A cause of worry or inconvenience.
      ‘the kid had been no trouble up to now’
      • ‘Householders neighbouring the site said there had been no trouble but they are concerned of the damage the travellers may cause.’
      • ‘While his mother and sisters were away Albert was no trouble.’
      • ‘Sometimes those arrested are simple innocents who have taken too much drink and are no trouble or danger to anyone but themselves.’
      nuisance, bother, inconvenience, irritation, irritant, problem, trial, pest, cause of annoyance, source of difficulty, thorn in someone's flesh, thorn in someone's side
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    4. 1.4 A particular aspect of something regarded as unsatisfactory or as a source of difficulty.
      ‘that's the trouble with capitalism’
      • ‘The trouble with waiting is that it's boring and frustrating.’
      • ‘The trouble with this analysis is that it is simplistic.’
      • ‘The trouble with tar oil preservatives, it is difficult to get them to penetrate.’
      • ‘The trouble with both these arguments is that they are bogus.’
      • ‘The trouble with libertarians is that their models always leave out important variables.’
      • ‘The trouble with this approach is that Scott deprives the story of any political, social or even emotional context.’
      • ‘The trouble with this was that I didn't want to watch pornography.’
      • ‘The trouble with adult stem cells, the disadvantage of them is two-fold really.’
      • ‘The trouble with perfection is that it is so easily marred.’
      • ‘The trouble with skills training is that it is part of the socialisation process and can only be learnt through experience.’
      • ‘The trouble with publishing is that with the accountants running things, everything is dominated by how much your last novel sold.’
      • ‘The trouble with cars is that, while the seats in modern vehicles are fitted with all kinds of adjustments, most of us don't know how to set them properly.’
      • ‘The trouble with politics these days is that it's all about image, and what a candidate looks like is far more important than what he or she actually says.’
      • ‘The trouble with this rage, though, was that the stronger I felt it, the more powerless I felt.’
      • ‘The trouble with volunteers is that you can't fire them.’
      • ‘The trouble with the way most politicians discuss this issue is that they blame the opposing party.’
      • ‘The trouble with travelling in Europe is that hotel accommodation and restaurant food costs about twice as much as in Australia.’
      • ‘The trouble with these sites is they are not scientific, and you have to either agree or disagree with the questions when often you can do neither honestly.’
      • ‘The trouble with the government's childcare strategy, it seems to me, is that it has employed both too much imagination, and too little.’
      • ‘The trouble with travelling to foreign countries is that, quite apart from the appalling weather, you can never be sure if the tap water is safe to drink.’
      shortcoming, weakness, weak point, failing, fault, imperfection, defect, blemish
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    5. 1.5 A situation in which one is liable to incur punishment or blame.
      ‘he's been in trouble with the police’
      • ‘She has been in trouble with the police since she was 11, stealing, terrorising the neighbours, setting fire to things.’
      • ‘But he was a clean-cut boy who attended school and had never been in trouble with the law.’
      • ‘The proposed legislation drew criticism from the opposition Reform party for being too easy on youth who get in trouble with the law.’
      • ‘But his autocratic style has landed him in trouble with shareholders.’
      • ‘What if collaborating below and/or laterally gets you in trouble with the hierarchy above you?’
      • ‘She was constantly in trouble with police, and was at the centre of a storm of protest a number of years ago when it emerged she was being held in an adult prison.’
      • ‘They also prevent any company that has been in trouble with online regulators within two years from providing online news.’
      • ‘You might hurt the bully and get sued or in trouble with the police.’
      • ‘He got in trouble with feminist groups and his career was derailed.’
      • ‘He had never been in trouble with the police before.’
      • ‘An ultra-safe campaign has paid off, even in the rural areas where the party found itself in trouble with fuel tax campaigners and angry farmers.’
      • ‘If they lived in the Sixties they would be called free spirits, but they don't and inevitably end up in trouble with the authorities.’
      • ‘Is a child's rights protected when he or she is in trouble with the law?’
      • ‘Two successful riders found themselves in trouble with the stewards and picked up suspensions for excessive use of the whip.’
      • ‘The convicted drink-driver admitted to the officers he had ‘been in trouble with the police for violence’.’
      • ‘A fridge disposal company already at the centre of a safety investigation is in trouble with environment chiefs again.’
      • ‘Because I was continually in trouble with the police, they were made to make a decision.’
      • ‘They let me go in 24 hours because I had never been in trouble with the law before.’
      • ‘You will get in trouble with the police and end up in prison.’
      • ‘I remember getting in trouble with a policeman for scrumping.’
    6. 1.6dated, informal Used to refer to the condition of a pregnant unmarried woman.
      ‘she's not the first girl who's got herself into trouble’
      • ‘I knew, that in our society, I would be labelled a "bad girl" who got herself into trouble.’
      • ‘Families went to great lengths to avoid neighbors and friends finding out their daughter had ‘got herself into trouble’.’
      • ‘Oh dear, she's gone the next step and got herself into trouble.’
  • 2Public unrest or disorder.

    ‘there was crowd trouble before and during the match’
    • ‘What will happen if somebody uses one if there's trouble in a crowd and innocent people get hurt?’
    • ‘The test was designed to simulate what would happen if their offices became unusable in the event of a wide-scale power loss or crowd trouble.’
    • ‘In recent years the main story behind this fixture has been one of crowd trouble but this gets barely a sentence in the whole book.’
    • ‘Offenders could face fines of up to £500 and Rochdale council can ban alcohol in public places where trouble is rife.’
    • ‘But the Belgium police in the city were well prepared for trouble.’
    • ‘The smoking ban has caused little trouble in our local public houses.’
    • ‘The FA had urged fans not to travel over fears crowd trouble could lead to England being banned from the tournament.’
    • ‘Germany's victory will go some way to redeeming the first major outbreak of crowd trouble of the tournament.’
    • ‘Among the highlights were crowd trouble, arrests and the inevitable tabloid furore that accompanies such incidents.’
    • ‘The rest were drawn, or abandoned because of bad weather, crowd trouble, or assassination.’
    • ‘The event was marred by crowd trouble when a section of the 300 onlookers turned on a foreign film crew.’
    • ‘Nobody wanted mutterings about crowd trouble besmirching the memory.’
    • ‘He said the rank at the moment has to deal with too many taxis and has become a hot-spot for trouble because of crowds congregating there at night.’
    • ‘This led to his dismissal from the pitch by the fourth official for inciting possible crowd trouble.’
    • ‘The unsavoury football history between the two countries at both club and international level makes crowd trouble extremely likely.’
    • ‘While out and about, police constantly scan crowds for indications of trouble.’
    • ‘Several town centre pubs were closed because of fears of crowd trouble while others put security staff on the doors.’
    • ‘Crowd trouble at Bulldogs' matches has also contributed to the fall in attendances, but nothing seems to be able to stop their winning run.’
    • ‘The police would no doubt argue that provocative goal celebrations could incite crowd trouble.’
    • ‘He also reminded delegates about the crowd trouble in Lansdowne Road some years ago at a soccer international.’
    disturbance, disorder, unrest, bother, fighting, scuffling, conflict, tumult, commotion, turbulence, uproar, ructions, fracas, rumpus, brouhaha, furore, breach of the peace
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    1. 2.1 Any of various periods of civil war or unrest in Ireland, especially in 1919–23 and (in Northern Ireland) since 1968.

verb

[with object]
  • 1Cause distress or anxiety to.

    ‘he was not troubled by doubts’
    • ‘She still looked worried though, like she had troubled thoughts on her mind that she wasn't sure she could talk about.’
    • ‘Wouldn't it also hurt to have Adam look at me differently if he knew of the burdens that troubled my mind even before Jack came into my life?’
    • ‘I am puzzled and troubled by this in light of my previous decision.’
    • ‘Others have come home deeply distressed and troubled by what they witnessed.’
    • ‘I have felt concern and sometimes troubled by the issues that were raised two years ago.’
    • ‘But he seems more puzzled than troubled by this quandary.’
    • ‘He went to trial a broken man, depressed and troubled by acute anxieties.’
    • ‘I would like to pick up some of the primary concerns that troubled National members as we heard submissions on this bill.’
    • ‘She doubted he would be troubling any other girls now.’
    • ‘Their conscience was not troubled by worries over objectivity.’
    • ‘The European Union trade commissioner acknowledges on this broadcast last night that it is a concerning and troubling problem.’
    • ‘I think Italian etiquette is less troubled by this anxiety.’
    • ‘Denial is a powerful emotional defence against acknowledging painful, distressing or troubling knowledge.’
    • ‘Young priests in particular were more and more troubled by such doubts.’
    • ‘But I have always been troubled by doubts on one item: In my innermost heart, I wonder if the supply curve really slopes upward.’
    • ‘If the patient has troubling emotions or memories, focusing on these will prolong distress - at least in the situation.’
    • ‘We are very concerned and troubled by the numerous public reports, at times erroneous, about his condition, requests by our family and other details.’
    • ‘Antonia had only been troubled by one thing: her anxiety over the idea of living in Denver, the location to which Larry had been rerouted.’
    • ‘For once in a long while, Amseth was able to work away his worries and was not troubled.’
    • ‘She had a job to do and couldn't be troubled by social worries.’
    worry, bother, cause concern to, concern, disturb, upset, make anxious, make uncomfortable, make uneasy, agitate, distress, grieve, alarm, perturb, annoy, irritate, vex, irk, torment, plague, nag, niggle, gnaw at, prey on someone's mind, lie heavy on someone's mind, weigh heavy on someone's mind, oppress, weigh down, burden, afflict
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    1. 1.1trouble about/over/withno object Be distressed or anxious about.
      ‘she was too concerned with her own feelings to trouble about Clare's’
      • ‘But Mona probably wasn't troubling herself with those names.’
      • ‘The matter he is troubling himself with has now been relegated, by history, to matters of least importance.’
      • ‘He need not trouble himself with attempts to arrive at a sane definition of that useful old paradox ‘constitutional monarchy’.’
      • ‘We want more and more people to come out and discover the easy ways of staying fit instead of troubling themselves with difficult trips to the gym, ‘the marathon runner said.’’
      • ‘Literary fashion moved away from works that troubled themselves with too much meaning, with a ‘larger reality’ or the moral dimensions of human aspiration.’
      • ‘That is a question no one has had to ask or trouble themselves with in the twentieth century.’
      • ‘Assuming the requisite piece of paper, which I suspect is about to be handed to the Registrar, arrives in time, then we need not trouble ourselves with that.’
      • ‘No offense meant, but you don't strike me as the type he would trouble himself about.’
      • ‘The appeal, however, was allowed upon another ground which the Court does not need to trouble itself with, that is, that the judge misdirected the jury upon the appellant's unsworn statement.’
      • ‘He finally decided on not troubling himself with it.’
      • ‘Don't trouble yourself with that, Riley dear, I'll take care of our attire.’
      • ‘‘It's no use troubling ourselves about this now,’ she continued.’
      • ‘I don't understand how that works either, but why trouble yourself over it?’
      • ‘Lee, do not trouble yourself with such proclamations.’
      • ‘I'm not an expert on how to make somebody look good on TV, so I don't trouble myself with that.’
      • ‘He never troubled himself about the matter again.’
      • ‘That is nothing you should trouble yourself with.’
      • ‘Certainly do not trouble yourself with this matter so soon after the trauma itself has occurred.’
      • ‘Though my face was rather plain, I rarely troubled myself with making it up to enhance it.’
      • ‘‘Don't trouble yourself with that,’ Lady Miller said, ‘Your father will deal with it as he always has.’’
      be anxious, be distressed, be concerned, concern oneself, worry, upset oneself, fret, agonize
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    2. 1.2 Cause (someone) pain.
      ‘my legs started to trouble me’
      • ‘Even while injured last year he bored through the Kerry defence for a wonderful early goal like a knife through butter but after that the pain of a groin injury which had troubled him for quite some time took its toll.’
      • ‘His back still troubles him, but he deals with it and moves on.’
      • ‘He had admitted before the kick-off that his Achilles heel is sorely troubling him and that 70% is the best he can now deliver.’
      • ‘Now, for the first time this season, neither knee is troubling him and there is no prospect of a move, at least until the summer.’
      • ‘Considering he didn't speak any English two years ago, he has developed a good vocabulary, particularly apparent when detailing parts of his knee and shin that are troubling him.’
      • ‘I did a bit of practice, had several physiotherapy sessions on my shoulder and ankle, both of which have been troubling me of late.’
      • ‘The now-familiar rapid pulsing started up along my thighs, easing away the touch of sciatica that was troubling me.’
      • ‘There were no real problems and I was pretty happy with my time. My calf had been troubling me in the build-up to the race and I wasn't even sure if I was going to run.’
      • ‘This task, undertaken at a time when his arm was still troubling him, must have kept him busy for several weeks.’
      • ‘But Yorkshire are still awaiting instructions from England as to whether they can bowl Craig or go on using him solely as a batsman if his back injury is still troubling him.’
      • ‘The groin had been troubling me for some time and I guess that was the straw that broke the camel's back.’
      • ‘He looked paler and sweatier than usual, and one leg seemed to trouble him a bit.’
      • ‘She will miss the Games because of a hamstring injury that has been troubling her since July.’
      • ‘Randy was troubled by back pain at times.’
      • ‘‘The injury had been troubling him for a wee while,’ said William.’
      • ‘Having recovered from flu an ankle injury has troubled him all summer but he has played through the pain.’
      • ‘The pain was troubling him towards the latter stages but with a week to recover to the next game, he has the time to mend properly.’
      be afflicted by, be afflicted with, be bedevilled by, be beset by, be beset with, be dogged by, be incapacitated with, be racked with, be cursed with
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    3. 1.3 Cause (someone) inconvenience (typically used as a polite way of asking someone to do something)
      ‘sorry to trouble you’
      ‘could I trouble you for a receipt?’
      • ‘I'm sorry for troubling you but your help will definitely be appreciated.’
      • ‘"I'm sorry for troubling you," the girl politely replied.’
      • ‘I will be off now, I am sorry for troubling you with my qualms… it is not a very noble thing, to tell a man who is not my husband each fear that crosses my mind.’
      • ‘‘I'm sorry for troubling you, but we just want to speak with you concerning your son,’ Manda spoke up.’
      inconvenience, cause inconvenience to, bother, impose on, create difficulties for, disturb, put out, disoblige
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    4. 1.4no object, with infinitive Make the effort required to do something.
      ‘oh, don't trouble to answer’
      • ‘I am accustomed to facing a wall of silence from academics I challenge, thus my surprise that you have troubled to answer.’
      • ‘In this case, where Chomsky makes an extreme assertion without troubling to give a source at all, it requires examining a large amount of material to come to a conclusion.’
      • ‘Alison rolled her eyes, not bothering to trouble with an answer the second time.’
      bother, take the time, take the trouble, go to the trouble, make the effort, exert oneself, go out of one's way
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Phrases

  • ask for trouble

    • informal Act in a way that is likely to incur problems or difficulties.

      ‘hitching a lift is asking for trouble’
      • ‘Second, having the government direct the flow of that large quantity of investment capital, however indirectly, is just asking for trouble.’
      • ‘Well, that's just asking for trouble, isn't it?’
      • ‘But war without end is not a policy; it's asking for trouble.’
      • ‘I'm asking for trouble with those statements, aren't I?’
      • ‘Any time you handle cash, you're asking for trouble.’
      • ‘If there's one thing I've learnt during the years I've been doing my current job, it's that I should never try to update the website and send a virus alert within an hour of going home - it's just asking for trouble.’
      • ‘Pointing the finger and shouting in someone's face, that's asking for trouble.’
      • ‘Providing them with somewhere to meet, have fun and exercise is just asking for trouble… they are just going to drink and take drugs.’
      • ‘Fireworks, we all agreed, were just asking for trouble.’
      • ‘The main message of the movie is that you need to love yourself before you can love anyone else, and that putting blind faith in a committed relationship is just asking for trouble.’
  • look for trouble

    • informal Behave in a way that is likely to provoke an argument or fight.

      ‘youths take a cocktail of drink and drugs before going out to look for trouble’
      • ‘I don't know if they were drunk or just looking for trouble, but some were carrying beer and they started whistling at the girls.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, no one stops to ask what happens to Billy Elliot's schoolmates, who are still hanging around outside the chippy of a winter evening looking for trouble instead of jobs.’
      • ‘You were looking for a fight and you were looking for trouble.’
      • ‘So foxes have an undeserved reputation for aggressive behaviour - they do not look for trouble, they do not pick a fight.’
      • ‘Scarlet loves fighting and is always looking for trouble… some say that he dresses in red so that nobody will notice the blood stains on his clothes…’
      • ‘I've heard of traffic cops pulling kids over just because they were dressed like punks and ‘looked like they were looking for trouble.’’
      • ‘He said: ‘She did not go out that evening looking for trouble.’’
      • ‘There are madly intoxicated thugs coming onto streets in the small hours apparently looking for trouble and even to make eye contact with them is to invite confrontation of a violent kind.’
      • ‘Overall everyone was on good behaviour and if someone was looking for trouble, it was obvious that we had the manpower to deal with it.’
      • ‘The victim was not looking for trouble and got drawn into a situation because he was trying to calm people down.’
  • take the trouble

    • Exert effort and energy in accomplishing or attempting something.

      ‘we should take the trouble to find out more’
      • ‘I wish they could calm down and take the trouble to explain exactly what these limitations are likely to be.’
      • ‘They haven't even taken the trouble of picking up the phone and saying they're sorry for our loss.’
      • ‘At a previous dinner he had taken the trouble to go backstage to thank the chefs and pose for photographs.’
      • ‘I think that the reason he took the trouble to dress formally is because he had a great regard for etiquette.’
      • ‘It is obvious that he has not taken the trouble to avail himself of all the information relevant, which was freely available to anyone who cared to look.’
      • ‘Organised divers are the ones who allow for bad traffic and long queues—they have probably taken the trouble to check ahead.’
  • trouble and strife

    • rhyming slang Wife.

      • ‘Forget the trouble and strife (and I know what that's a cockneyism for!) forget the chores and the deadlines, forget that the nose is at the grindstone, that the shoulder is to the wheel, that the coalface is being confronted.’
      • ‘Thus the trouble and strife would walk down the apples and pears and along the frog and toad to use the public dog and bone.’
      • ‘The rhymers par excellence have been the Cockneys of London, who have developed an elaborate and colourful collection of slang terms based on rhyme, such as trouble and strife for ‘wife’ and mince pies for ‘eyes’.’
      girlfriend, girl, sweetheart, partner, significant other, inamorata, fiancée
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  • a trouble shared is a trouble halved

    • proverb Talking to someone else about one's problems helps to alleviate them.

      • ‘A self-help group runs on the principle that a trouble shared is a trouble halved.’
      • ‘They say a trouble shared is a trouble halved, but when holiday anxiety strikes, I suffer in silence.’
      • ‘Build a social support network of friends and family - remember a trouble shared is a trouble halved.’
      • ‘The saying, ‘a trouble shared is a trouble halved’ is just as true when it comes to your physical health as it is in relation to your emotional health.’
      • ‘On the basis that a trouble shared is a trouble halved, I will share some of my troubles with you.’
      • ‘It's said that a trouble shared is a trouble halved, but what if that was actually true?’
      • ‘Learn to talk about it: Sometimes a trouble shared is a trouble halved.’
      • ‘Well since they say that a trouble shared is a trouble halved, I figured that it would also hold true in this case.’
      • ‘There is the old saying: a trouble shared is a trouble halved, so forming or joining a support group may benefit them.’
      • ‘They say a trouble shared is a trouble halved and it's true.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French truble (noun), trubler (verb), based on Latin turbidus (see turbid).

Pronunciation

trouble

/ˈtrʌb(ə)l/