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The company has had serious financial troubles recently.
The trouble started when I was transferred to a new department.
You could tell your troubles to this man, she thought.
a life filled with pain and trouble
I'm having some trouble with this new software.
He was having trouble hearing her (=finding it difficult to hear her).
She can make a lot of trouble for you.
It would just cause me more trouble in the long run.
The trouble with my parents is they think I'm still a child.
The only trouble with that idea was that Isabel would never agree to it.
Your trouble is you are greedy.
My family has a history of heart trouble.
My knee's been giving me a lot of trouble lately.
She's been having a bit of trouble with her eyes.
It's no trouble at all for me to get her phone number.
I don't mind waiting – it's no trouble.
Sorry we put you to such a lot of trouble.
Thank you for taking the trouble to reply.
She takes a considerable amount of trouble over her appearance.
He'd gone to a lot of trouble to make the evening go perfectly.
Why go to the trouble of washing them by hand?
I'll do your shopping to save you the trouble of going out.
You'll save yourself a lot of trouble if you choose carefully.
Growing roses is more trouble than it is worth.
I knew we were in trouble when the lift stopped.
The company is in trouble primarily because of poor management.
The plane ran into serious trouble soon after take-off.
The horse got into trouble at the first fence.
I hear she's in trouble with the police again.
If he hears about this, you'll be in big trouble.
I got into trouble for being late.
If you break it, you'll get us all into trouble.
He's managed to stay out of trouble since coming out of jail.
There's been a lot of trouble in the neighbourhood recently.
The trouble started when he accused someone of stealing his bicycle.
Peter used to make a lot of trouble at school.
There was crowd trouble at the last match.
Trouble flared on the estate after a youth was arrested.
This is the British English definition of trouble. View American English definition of trouble.
the long central part of a church where people sit
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