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[hah-suh l] /ˈhɑ səl/
[awd] /ɔd/ (Show IPA),
1897–1981, Norwegian chemist: Nobel Prize 1969. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  1. A disagreement; quarrel; fight: A hassel between two actors touched off the riot/ The hassle over putting fluoride in drinking water
  2. A difficult or tedious task or concern: Getting those tickets was a real hassle


  1. : They were hassling about who would pay the bill
  2. (also hass) To harass; treat rudely and roughly: I went to an assistant DA and told him I wanted to discuss being hassled by the police/ What you going to do if you find the hobo that hassed him?
  3. To get narcotics with difficulty: He finally hassled one bag (1950s+ Narcotics)

[1920s+, but mainly 1940s+; origin unknown; probably fr hatchel, ''to harass,'' found by 1800, a hatchel being an instrument for beating flax, and related to heckle;perhaps fr hazel, with a variant hassle, the switch used for beatings; hazel oil meant ''a beating'' by 1678]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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