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hassle

[has-uh l]Informal.
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noun
  1. a disorderly dispute.
  2. a problem brought about by pressures of time, money, inconvenience, etc.: Finding a decent place to have lunch in this neighborhood is always a hassle.
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verb (used without object), has·sled, has·sling.
  1. to dispute or quarrel: children hassling over who has the most toys.
  2. to take time or effort: We don't want to hassle with all that waiting in line.
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verb (used with object), has·sled, has·sling.
  1. to bother, annoy, or harass: I'll do the work, so don't hassle me.
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Origin of hassle

First recorded in 1935–40; origin uncertain
Related formsun·has·sled, adjective

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1, 3. squabble, quarrel, row, scrap.
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hassle

noun
  1. a prolonged argument; wrangle
  2. a great deal of trouble; difficulty; nuisance
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verb
  1. (intr) to quarrel or wrangle
  2. (tr) to cause annoyance or trouble to (someone); harass
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Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hassling

hassle

v.

1951, from hassle (n.). Related: Hassled; hassling.

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hassle

n.

1945, American English, perhaps from U.S. Southern dialectal hassle "to pant, breathe noisily" (1928), of unknown origin; or perhaps from hatchel "to harass" (1800), which may be a variant of hazel, the name of the plant that furnished switches for whippings. Noted in 1946 as a show biz vogue word.

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