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also tzu·ris  (tso͝or′ĭs, tsûr′-)
n. Informal
Trouble; aggravation.

[Yiddish tsores, pl. of tsure, from Hebrew ṣārâ, from ṣārar, to become narrow; see ṣrr in Semitic roots.]


grief or strife


or tsour•is

(ˈtsʊər ɪs, ˈtsɜr-)

n. Slang.
trouble; woe.
[1970–75; < Yiddish tsures, tsores, pl. of tsure, tsore < Hebrew ṣārāh, pl. ṣārōth troubles]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tsuris - (Yiddish) aggravating troubletsuris - (Yiddish) aggravating trouble; "the frustrating tsuris he subjected himself to"
difficulty, trouble - an effort that is inconvenient; "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
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Anson: You know, believe it or not, I have been meaning--literally for the last at least 10 years, I've started it and stopped it a number of times--to write you a letter to say that for all the tsuris we have been through, you have had the most profound influence on my life than anybody
We said, Rabbi, we have enough tsuris being Jews here.
The Yiddish titles of the German originals will be included in subtitles, so the novel extracted below will be subtitled Tacheles 1934, as the one already published, Inspector Bronstein and the Anschluss, is subtitled Tsuris 1938.
Certainly bayit can have both meanings, but the NJPS rendering of them differently in this sentence seems to me to lessen the equivalence of what Rachel was and what Ruth will be: Both ordinary women with ordinary tsuris and also Matriarchs.
Originality comes in the form of a lot of tsuris regarding male reproductive plumbing (the woman David drops is also a kickboxer, which is different, although the way that gag pays off is anything but).
Tsuris (Yiddish) grief and trouble caused by a son or daughter
A lot of people came alone, and it was interesting to contemplate what tsuris in their lives had brought these successful single yuppies to get out of bed on Sunday morning and go to church by themselves.