One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
Problems or difficulties; trouble.‘the NBA has its share of tsuris these days’
- ‘Oy, you give me such tsuris when you act like this.’
- ‘He doesn't need the money and he doesn't need the tsuris.’
- ‘So I thought I'd indulge myself, after all this tsuris, by writing a paper with my own title parody, albeit on a quite different subject.’
- ‘Everyone got the drive-by descriptions; when she made a phone call, everyone heard the tales of woe and tsuris.’
- ‘The idea of healing and transformation is entering the American vocabulary and will, we believe, eventually become part of the American dictionary, as frequently used as words like tsuris and chutzpah.’
- ‘All this tsuris so I can watch ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’’
- ‘When you have my tsuris [troubles], you'll talk differently.’
Early 20th century: Yiddish, plural of tsore ‘trouble, woe’, from Hebrew ṣārāh.
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