trou|ble1 [ `trʌbl ] noun ***
▸ 1 problems/worries
▸ 2 health problems
▸ 3 special difficult effort
▸ 4 unpleasant situation
▸ 5 when blame is likely
▸ 6 violence
1. ) count or uncount problems, worries, or difficulties:
The company has been experiencing 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
have trouble with something: I'm having some trouble with this new software.
have trouble doing something: He was having trouble hearing her.
cause/make trouble for someone/something: She can make a lot of trouble for you.
cause someone/something trouble: It would just cause me more trouble in the long run.
a ) singular an aspect or feature of someone or something that causes problems, worries, or difficulties:
the trouble (with someone/something) is (that): The trouble with my parents is they think I'm still a child.
the only trouble (with someone/something) is (that): The only trouble with that idea was that Isabel would never agree to it.
someone's trouble is (that): Your trouble is you are greedy.
2. ) uncount health problems affecting a part of your body:
heart/stomach/back trouble: My family has a history of heart trouble.
give/cause someone trouble: My knee's been giving me a lot of trouble lately.
have trouble with something: She's been having a little trouble with her eyes.
a ) problems affecting a machine or system that make it not work as it should:
engine/mechanical trouble: The plane developed engine trouble five minutes after takeoff.
3. ) uncount additional or special effort that causes you problems or difficulties:
it's no trouble (for someone to do something): It's no trouble at all for me to get her phone number.
I don't mind waiting it's no trouble.
put someone to a lot of trouble: Sorry we put you to such a lot of trouble.
take the trouble (to do something): Thank you for taking the trouble to reply.
go to/take a lot of trouble (to do something): He'd gone to a lot of trouble to make the evening go perfectly.
go to the trouble of doing something: Why go to the trouble of washing them by hand?
save someone the trouble of doing something: I'll do your shopping to save you the trouble of going out.
save yourself trouble: You'll save yourself a lot of trouble if you choose carefully.
be more trouble than someone/something is worth: Growing roses is more trouble than it is worth.
take trouble over/with something: She takes a considerable amount of trouble over her appearance.
4. ) uncount an unpleasant, difficult, or dangerous situation:
be in trouble: I knew we were in trouble when the elevator stopped.
The company is in trouble primarily because of poor management.
run into trouble: The airplane ran into serious trouble soon after takeoff.
get into trouble: The horse got into trouble at the first hurdle.
5. ) uncount a situation for which you are likely to be blamed, criticized, or punished:
be in trouble (with someone): I hear she's in trouble with the police again.
be in serious/big/deep trouble: If he hears about this, you'll be in big trouble.
get into trouble (for doing something): I got into trouble for being late.
get someone into trouble: If you break it, you'll get us all into trouble.
stay/keep out of trouble: He's managed to stay out of trouble since coming out of jail.
6. ) count or uncount fighting, violence, or bad behavior:
There's been a lot of trouble in the neighborhood recently.
trouble starts: The trouble started when he accused someone of stealing his bicycle.
make/cause trouble: Peter used to make a lot of trouble at school.
trouble flares/erupts: Trouble flared in the area after a youth was arrested.
crowd trouble: There was crowd trouble at the last game.
asking for trouble
if doing something is asking for trouble, it is likely to cause you problems or difficulties:
Delaying this type of surgery is just asking for trouble.
get someone into trouble OLD-FASHIONED
to make a woman who is not married pregnant
looking for trouble
doing something that is likely to cause a disagreement, fight, or problem
no trouble
easy and pleasant to deal with and not causing you any problems:
I don't mind taking care of Sam he's no trouble at all.
trouble is brewing (for) or there's trouble brewing
used for saying that a difficult, dangerous, or violent situation is developing
trou|ble 2 [ `trʌbl ] verb transitive *
1. ) to make someone worried:
What's wrong? Is something troubling you?
it troubles someone that: It troubles me that I haven't heard from her recently.
2. ) SPOKEN FORMAL to cause someone a slight problem or difficulty by asking them to do something for you:
I'm sorry you've been troubled it won't happen again.
trouble yourself: I'll call her if you like. No, don't trouble yourself.
a ) SPOKEN FORMAL used for making a polite request:
I'm sorry to trouble you, but can I borrow a pen?
trouble someone for something: Could I trouble you for a ride home?
trouble someone to do something: Could I trouble you to pass the butter?
3. ) usually progressive if a part of your body is troubling you, it is not working as it should and is causing you pain:
His right shoulder is troubling him.
trouble to do something usually in negatives or questions FORMAL
to make an effort to do something that you should do:
He left without even troubling to say good night.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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