Definition of growing pains in US English:

growing pains

plural noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One symptom that doctors find most helpful in making a diagnosis of growing pains is how the child responds to touch while in pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In contrast to growing pains, the pain of fatigue, which may occur with or without excessive physical activity, disappears after rest.’
    1. 1.1 The difficulties experienced in the early stages of an enterprise.
      ‘the growing pains of a young republic’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But for now, the 2003 rookies are suffering from major growing pains, trying to compete while learning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The company - publishing an average of 500 novels a month - is suffering from extreme growing pains.’
      • ‘Many of Asia's democracies are young and face predictable growing pains.’
      • ‘But his inexperience is causing growing pains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are arrogant in not allowing young nations to go through the same growing pains, turbulence and revolution that characterised our history.’
      • ‘Most companies prefer a more gradual transition into complex 3D software because the growing pains and costs associated with the transition are minimized.’
      • ‘Which means that many State Associations have completed the growing pains that we are now facing.’
      • ‘In the year of its Olympics debut, this is a young sport suffering from its growing pains.’
      • ‘It plans to replace them with younger players, which could result in growing pains this year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The club's infield is young, and with youth comes growing pains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then there are the inevitable growing pains - pains that, in this business, can be lethal.’
      • ‘The story of our club is a long and honourable one, but not without our growing pains.’


growing pains

/ˈɡroʊɪŋ ˌpeɪnz//ˈɡrōiNG ˌpānz/