Problem

knotty problem

Meaning: difficult or complex problem

Example: The accountant always found the end of the tax year to be a knotty problem. Read on

prevention is better than cure

Meaning: easier to stop problems than correct them later

Example: It is good to keep vaccinations up to date as prevention is better than cure. Read on

kick the can down the road

Meaning: to avoid dealing with a problem

Example: I realise that the house needs to be painted but we are going to move in a few years so I am kicking the can down the road. Read on

trouble shared is trouble halved

Meaning: a trouble shared is a trouble halved

Example: Don't hesitate to share your problems with me. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved. Read on

troubled waters

Meaning: a difficult phase of life

Example: The situation was getting worse, but like all the other members of the company, he was fascinated by troubled waters. Read on

out of the frying pan into the fire

Meaning: to go from a bad to worse situation

Example: In a bid to gain independence, she agreed to get married early, not knowing she was jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Read on

a stitch in time saves nine

Meaning: do not wait to deal with a specific problem or you risk it getting much worse later on

Example: John said to his brother, " You better bring your car to the shop while it's still running, because a stitch in time saves nine". Read on

the devil is in the detail

Meaning: It means that when you do not concentrate on the details of something you may run into unexpected problems

Example: "Have you seen my beautiful new bag? I paid a fortune for it." "Really? It is a fake. The stitching of the original bags is blue, not green." "How disappointing. I guess the devil is in the details." Read on

pain in the neck

Meaning: pain in the ass

Example: Mathematics is generally a real pain in the neck for most of the school and college students. Read on

feel the pinch

Meaning: experience financial hardship

Example: Since Farrokh was made redundant, we've really felt the pinch. We can't even afford to buy the kids new shoes. Read on

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