from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An argument or a fight.
  • n. Trouble; bother.
  • intransitive v. To argue or fight: customers hassling with merchants over high prices.
  • transitive v. To bother or harass: street gangs hassling passersby.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Trouble, bother, unwanted annoyances or problems.
  • n. A fight or argument.
  • n. An action which is not worth the difficulty involved.
  • v. To trouble, to bother, to annoy.
  • v. To pick a fight or start an argument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inconvenience caused by difficulties encountered trying to accomplish a task.
  • n. disorderly fighting; an angry dispute or disturbance.
  • intransitive v. to dispute or quarrel, often over petty disagreements.
  • intransitive v. To expend excessive time and energy trying to accomplish a task.
  • transitive v. to repeatedly annoy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. disorderly fighting
  • v. annoy continually or chronically
  • n. an angry disturbance


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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    May 16, 2009

  • "Carrying dope is not advisable, and although searching you is illegal, few pigs can read the Constitution. If you are carrying when the patrol car pulls up, tell them you are Kanadian and hitching through Amerika. Highway patrols are very uptight about promoting incidents with foreigners. The foreign bit goes over especially well with small-town types, and is also amazingly good for avoiding hassles with greasers. If you can't hack this one, tell them you are a reporter for a newspaper writing a feature story on hitching around the country. This story has averted many a bust."

    - Abbie Hoffman, 'Steal This Book'.

    February 18, 2009

  • Wouldn't life be wonderful if hassle could be abolished?

    January 29, 2008