verb (used with object), trou·bled, trou·bling.
verb (used without object), trou·bled, trou·bling.
- the violence and civil war in Ireland, 1920–22.
- the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, beginning in 1969.
- trouble man,
- trouble one's head with,
- trouble someone for,
- trouble spot,
Origin of trouble
Examples from the Web for trouble
Freedom of speech, then, is sometimes not worth the trouble that comes with it.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Lion Air captain had left his rookie copilot to make the landing until he realized he was in trouble.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For years, Brooke even had trouble finding a publisher for his memoir, which was ultimately accepted by Rutgers University Press.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We are 80 percent Putin supporters today and tomorrow Khodorkovsky or Navalny might come to power and I will be in trouble.
But other states, especially Russia, have had trouble adjusting to a market economy, degenerating into massive kleptocracies.
And upon those rocks of crystal grow the good diamonds that be of trouble colour.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville|John Mandeville
I reckon what he said about gettin' you into trouble is all nonsense.The Young Bridge-Tender|Arthur M. Winfield
After a great deal of trouble and persuasion, I prevailed upon Mr. F. Crockford to undertake it, and we made out the bill of fare.Soyer's Culinary Campaign|Alexis Soyer
Ah, she need have no fear; I would not trouble her with so much as a word.Wanderers|Knut Hamsun
In vain my mother took a world of trouble to explain the thing to me.The Essays of "George Eliot"|George Eliot
- political unrest or public disturbances
- the Troubles political violence in Ireland during the 1920s or in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the late 1990s
Word Origin for trouble
early 13c., from Old French trubler (11c.), metathesis of turbler, from Vulgar Latin *turbulare, from Late Latin turbidare "to trouble, make turbid," from Latin turbidus (see turbid). Related: Troubled; troubling.
c.1200, "agitation of the mind, emotional turmoil," from Old French truble, related to trubler (see trouble (v.)). From early 15c. as "a concern, a cause for worry." The Troubles in reference to times of violence and unrest in Ireland is attested from 1880, in reference to the rebellion of 1640s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trouble
- trouble one's head with
- trouble someone for
- borrow trouble
- fish in troubled waters
- go to the trouble
- in trouble with
- pour oil on troubled waters