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    Default "Pain in the neck" origin

    What is the origin of the expression "pain in the neck"? When was it first used?

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    Default Re: "Pain in the neck" origin

    It is a euphemism for 'pain in the ass/arse'. Dictionary.com traces it back to the beginning of the last century:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/sear...n%20the%20neck

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    Default Re: "Pain in the neck" origin

    Oh,my!I even don't know the meaning of the phrase.Can I look it up in the dictionary you mentioned?I am a new member here.

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    Default Re: "Pain in the neck" origin

    In my opinion, this idiom refers to someone or something that is very annoying. Imagine that you have a pain in your neck, how would you feel? :))

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    Default Re: "Pain in the neck" origin

    Quote Originally Posted by Silent carillon
    In my opinion, this idiom refers to someone or something that is very annoying. Imagine that you have a pain in your neck, how would you feel? :))
    I hear you. I wouldn't like it in my neck or any other part of my body. The one I use for sitting can be quite sensitive too. No good!

    You are right in your thinking, it does mean something annoying and bothersome.

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