For more than 40 years now, Norwegian director Vibeke Løkkeberg has relished being a thorn in the side of authorities.
That freedom has been a thorn in the side of many cardinals who feel the sisters should be more conservative.
Senator Blanche Lincoln was a thorn in the Democrats' side during the health-care debate.
A tabletop bronze of a boy pulling a thorn from his foot, made around 1500 by the Renaissance sculptor known as Antico.
thorn also posted a video on his personal YouTube page wherein he desk-dances to Taylor Swift.
It was more of the same, more of the blistering, dusty slogging, more of thorn and tangled ravine and awful emptiness.
I am your prisoner; but you need not thorn me with your Union logic.
This was quite true, for Mr. thorn's fowl-house was large and airy, and well supplied with every necessary convenience.
That piece of his at Beaumanoir is a thorn in his flesh, and a snow-ball on his spirits.
But I know you far too well to imagine that you would willingly take from my life one thorn of the many you have planted in it.
Old English þorn "sharp point on a stem or branch," earlier "thorny tree or plant," from Proto-Germanic *thurnuz (cf. Old Saxon thorn, Dutch doorn, Old High German dorn, German Dorn, Old Norse þorn, Gothic þaurnus), from PIE *trnus (cf. Old Church Slavonic trunu "thorn," Sanskrit trnam "blade of grass," Greek ternax "stalk of the cactus," Irish trainin "blade of grass"), from *(s)ter-n- "thorny plant," from root *ster- "stiff."
Figurative sense of "anything which causes pain" is recorded from early 13c. (thorn in the flesh is from II Cor. xii:7). Also an Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic runic letter (þ), named for the word of which it was the initial.
A short, hard, pointed part of a stem or branch of a woody plant. Compare spine.