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19 / 04 / 2005

A THORN IN SOMEBODY'S SIDE: meaning and examples

Good morning. A while ago one of our Daily Vitamin readers wrote to us and in her e-mail she included the following sentence: Phrasal verbs are a thorn in my side. Today we are going to explain this expression. Today's expression is: to be a thorn in somebody's side. It means: a person or thing that causes a lot of problems for somebody. A thorn is a short point that protrudes from the stem of a plant, like a rose bush, for example. Example 1: He bought a house as an investment but it turned out to be a thorn in his side because it needed continuous maintenance. Example 2: The new accountant is a thorn in my side. He arrives late; he's disorganized; and frankly, he's not very good at what he does! I always have to correct his work. Unfortunately, he's also the boss's son! I don't think today's Daily Vitamin will become a thorn in your side, if you read the examples carefully! However, if it does, please don't hesitate to contact me. Enjoy the rest of your day!