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Something that is difficult or unpleasant to do or deal with - thesaurus

Synonyms

mare

noun

Britishvery informal a very unpleasant and difficult situation or activity

the elephant in the room

a serious problem that everyone is aware of but no one wants to talk about

task

noun

something that you have to do, often something that is difficult or unpleasant

burden

noun

a serious or difficult responsibility that you have to deal with

necessity

noun

something that is difficult or unpleasant but cannot be avoided

chore

noun

an unpleasant, boring, or difficult thing that must be done

struggle

noun

something that takes a lot of physical or mental effort

headache

noun

informal something that causes you a lot of problems

the impossible

something that is impossible or very difficult to do

a tall order

something very difficult that someone expects you to do

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a bear

something that is very difficult

affliction

noun

formal a serious problem

an albatross (around your neck)

someone or something that causes you a lot of problems

a tough/hard row to hoe

something that is very difficult to deal with or do

a tough nut to crack

informal a problem or situation that is difficult to understand or deal with

bane

noun

something that annoys someone very much or causes them a lot of problems

bastard

noun

mainly Britishimpolite something that is very difficult or annoying

business

noun

something that has happened, especially something that has caused problems and has been continuing for a long time

catastrophe

noun

used about an event that causes serious difficulty for a particular person or group of people

conundrum

noun

a difficult problem that seems to have no solution

convulsion

noun

mainly journalism a sudden or extreme change that causes major problems or serious harm

disease

noun

a serious problem in society or with someone’s attitude

hell on wheels

someone or something that causes a lot of trouble

killer

noun

informal something that is very difficult

malady

noun

formal a serious problem within a society or organization

miasma

noun

literary a very unpleasant feeling or atmosphere

monster

noun

a situation, system, or organization that has become so large that it can no longer be managed or controlled

moving target

an idea or situation that continuously changes as you are trying to deal with it

ogre

noun

something that is very bad and causes a lot of problems

Pandora’s box

noun

something that could cause a lot of problems if you do it, use it, or say it

performance

noun

spoken something that is difficult or complicated to do

piece of work

noun

someone or something unpleasant, troublesome, or strange

pig

noun

Britishinformal something that is very difficult or unpleasant

poisoned chalice

noun

literary a job or piece of work that will cause many problems for the person who is forced to do it

push

noun

informal something that is difficult to do, especially because you do not have much time

puzzler

noun

informal something that is difficult to understand or solve

the rigors of something

the difficult and unpleasant aspects of a situation

scourge

noun

formal something that causes a lot of trouble or harm

stinker

noun

informal something that is very difficult or unpleasant

tangle

noun

a situation that is difficult to deal with because things are not organized properly

terror

noun

informal a person or animal that is difficult to deal with or control

toils

noun

literary a difficult or unpleasant situation that you cannot get away from

torment

noun

someone or something that makes you suffer severe physical or mental pain

web

noun

a complicated set of related things, often considered to be dangerous or difficult to deal with

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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