Look at the comic above and try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'pain in the neck.'
Pain in the neck: someone or something that's is difficult or annoying.
This idiom has the same meaning as "pain in the butt" or "pain in the ass." No one wants to have a pain in any of these areas—that feels irritating, annoying and difficult.
Pain in the neck is a more polite way of saying someone / something is irritating than pain in the butt. (Pain in the ass is considered rude).
It's also common to simply use the phrase "he or she's a pain." (e.g., My mom is such a pain!).
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Pain in the Neck Idiom