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pain Idioms & Phrases


be at pains

  • verb try very hard to do something
    be at pains.
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Bill of pains and penalties

  • a special act of a legislature which inflicts a punishment less than death upon persons supposed to be guilty of treason or felony, without any conviction in the ordinary course of judicial proceedings. Bouvier. Wharton.
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chest pain

  • noun pain in the chest
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growing pains

  • noun pain in muscles or joints sometimes experienced by children and often attributed to rapid growth
  • noun emotional distress arising during adolescence
  • noun problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages)
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labor pain

  • noun pain and discomfort associated with contractions of the uterus during labor
    labor pain.
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labor pains

  • noun a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth
    birth pangs; labor pains.
  • noun pain and discomfort associated with contractions of the uterus during labor
    labor pain.
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labour pains

  • noun a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth
    birth pangs; labor pains.
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lumbar pain

  • noun backache affecting the lumbar region or lower back; can be caused by muscle strain or arthritis or vascular insufficiency or a ruptured intervertebral disc
    lumbago.
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pain in the ass

  • noun something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
    annoyance; pain in the ass; pain; infliction; bother; botheration.
    • washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer
    • a bit of a bother
    • he's not a friend, he's an infliction
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pain in the neck

  • noun a bothersome annoying person
    nuisance; pain.
    • that kid is a terrible pain
  • noun something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
    annoyance; pain in the ass; pain; infliction; bother; botheration.
    • washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer
    • a bit of a bother
    • he's not a friend, he's an infliction
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pain pill

  • noun a medicine used to relieve pain
    analgesic; anodyne; painkiller.
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pain sensation

  • noun a somatic sensation of acute discomfort
    painful sensation; pain.
    • as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain
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pain threshold

  • noun the lowest intensity of stimulation at which pain is experienced
    • some people have much higher pain thresholds than do other people
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pain unit

  • noun a unit measuring the intensity of pain
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pain-free

  • adjective satellite not accompanied by pain sensations
    unpainful.
    • pain-free surgery
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phantom limb pain

  • noun pain felt by an amputee that seems to be located in the missing limb
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pleasure-pain principle

  • noun (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality
    pleasure principle; pleasure-unpleasure principle.
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referred pain

  • noun pain that is felt at a place in the body different from the injured or diseased part where the pain would be expected
    • angina pectoris can cause referred pain in the left shoulder
    • pain in the right shoulder can be referred pain from gallbladder disease
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take pains

  • verb try very hard to do something
    be at pains.
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To die in the pain

  • to be tortured to death. Obs. Chaucer.
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To pain one's self

  • to exert or trouble one's self; to take pains; to be solicitous. Obs. "She pained her to do all that she might."
Webster 1913