12 – A Pain In The Neck – English Idiom Lesson

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Welcome to Episode 12 – A Pain In The Neck – An English Idiom Lesson. Do you have a boss, coworker, or classmate who often bothers you? Have you been in an inconvenient and troublesome situation like passing through airport security or waiting on a line? For today’s lesson, we are going to look at the idiom, A Pain In The Neck which we can use to describe such people and situations.

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  1. 1. You need to take keys, coins and cell-phones out of your pockets. 2. The waiting time was more than 2 hours. 3. The adjective used to describe the boss was picky… I’m not sure if that’s how you say it.

  2. Hi everyone.
    1. During the checking procedure in the airport you have to get your keys coins and cell phones out of your pockets.
    2. The waiting time at the DMV is more then two hours.
    3. The boss is very picky.
    Michael could you tell me please which word sounds more natural in the US take out or get out (in meaning remove from your pockets)?

  3. Most bureaucratic procedures (red tape) are pain in the neck for me. Drivers licence, working permit, social security, tax return, immigration process… This is also common in Japan, though.
    Anyhow, here are my answers.
    1. Keys, coins, and cell phones
    2. For more than two hours
    3. bothersome

  4. A pain in the ass would be too offensive or should I use it in a professional setting – not to my boss, of course?

  5. Hello,
    Today my answers are:
    1. Key, coins and cell phone
    2. For more than two hours.
    3. Maybe your boss is very picky.
    I don’t think about anyone is a pain in the neck to me.

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