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1‘he's been under increasing stress due to business and personal problems’
difficulty, issue, trouble, worry, complication, difficult situation, mess, muddle, mix-up
snag, hitch, drawback, stumbling block, obstacle, hurdle, hiccup, setback, catch
catch-22, vexed question, quandary, the rub
predicament, plight, can of worms, hornets' nest, Gordian knot
misfortune, mishap, misadventure
informal dilemma, headache, prob, hassle, pickle, fix, tight spot, fly in the ointment, how-do-you-do, job, gremlin, facer
North American informal katzenjammer
2‘‘I don't want to be a problem,’ Lucy said’
nuisance, source of difficulty, bother, pest, source of trouble, irritant, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, vexation
informal drag, pain, pain in the neck
Australian informal fair cow
vulgar slang pain in the arse
puzzle, question, poser, enigma, riddle, conundrum
informal teaser, brain-teaser
1‘a problem child’
troublesome, difficult, unmanageable, unruly, disobedient, uncontrollable, ungovernable, intractable, recalcitrant, intransigent, refractory
delinquent, maladjusted, disturbed
well behaved, manageable
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