hassle

[has-uhl]Informal.

noun

a disorderly dispute.
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.

verb (used without object), has·sled, has·sling.

to dispute or quarrel: children hassling over who has the most toys.
to take time or effort: We don't want to hassle with all that waiting in line.

verb (used with object), has·sled, has·sling.

to bother, annoy, or harass: I'll do the work, so don't hassle me.

Origin of hassle

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

Synonyms for hassle

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Contemporary Examples of hassling

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British Dictionary definitions for hassling

hassle

noun

a prolonged argument; wrangle
a great deal of trouble; difficulty; nuisance

verb

(intr) to quarrel or wrangle
(tr) to cause annoyance or trouble to (someone); harass

Word Origin for hassle

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hassling

hassle

v.

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

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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