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 (hăs′əl) Informal
1. An argument or a fight.
2. Trouble; bother.
v. has·sled, has·sling, has·sles
To argue or fight: customers hassling with merchants over high prices.
To bother or harass: street gangs hassling passersby.

[From American dialectal (Southeast) hassle, to pant (as from exertion), perhaps of imitative origin or akin to British dialectal hassle, to hack at, saw away at with a blunt blade.]
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In the 15 years I have been involved in this town (12 years as its chief of police), I have formed the conclusion that the great majority of our residents are decent, law-abiding people who don't want to be hassled by gang activity or out-of-control juveniles.
I represent all the business owners who don't want to be hassled by out-of-control juveniles hanging out at their places of business.