- dull, quasi-rheumatic pains of varying degree in the limbs during childhood and adolescence, often popularly associated with the process of growing.
- emotional difficulties experienced during adolescence and preadulthood.
- difficulties attending any new project or any rapid development of an existing project: a city plagued with growing pains.
Origin of growing pains
Examples from the Web for growing pains
In the intervals of harkening to my growing-pains I was, of course, still a little girl.The Promised Land
The American Army's respect for the French began to have growing-pains.Our Army at the Front
So much for the race, in the gripe of growing-pains; but what of the nurses?Majesty
I don't see Fallows herself suffering from no growing-pains.Just Around the Corner
His legs are still racked with growing-pains, but he has a good time, nevertheless.The Facts Concerning The Recent Carnival Of Crime In Connecticut
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- pains in muscles or joints sometimes experienced by children during a period of unusually rapid growth
- difficulties besetting a new enterprise in its early stages
- Pains in the limbs and joints of children or adolescents, frequently occurring at night and often attributed to rapid growth but arising from various unrelated causes.
Idioms and Phrases with growing pains
Problems that arise in beginning or enlarging an enterprise, as in The company is undergoing growing pains but should be viable by next year. This expression, which dates from the late 1800s, originally referred to the joint and limb aches experienced by youngsters who are growing rapidly. By about 1900 it was being used figuratively.