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1. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need: tried to console them in their trouble; got in trouble with the police.
2. A distressing or difficult circumstance or situation: I've had troubles ever since I took this job.
3. A cause or source of distress, disturbance, or difficulty: The new recruits were a trouble to him.
4. Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome: went to a lot of trouble to find this book.
5. A condition of pain, disease, or malfunction: heart trouble; car trouble.
a. Public unrest or disorder.
b. An instance of this; a disturbance.
c. Troubles Any of various conflicts or rebellions in Ireland or Northern Ireland, especially the period of social unrest in Northern Ireland beginning in 1969.
v. trou·bled, trou·bling, trou·bles
1. To afflict with pain or discomfort: My stomach is troubling me.
a. To cause to be anxious or worried: was troubled by the decline in sales.
b. To cause to have emotional or mental problems that interfere with social functioning: a teenager who is troubled and needs help.
3. To inconvenience; bother: May I trouble you for directions?
4. To agitate; stir up: winds troubling the waters.
To take pains: They trouble over every detail.

[Middle English, from Old French, from troubler, to trouble, from Vulgar Latin *turbulāre, alteration (influenced by Latin turbula, small group, diminutive of turba, crowd) of Late Latin turbidāre, from Latin turbidus, confused; see turbid.]

trou′bler n.
trou′bling·ly adv.
Synonyms: trouble, ail, distress, worry
These verbs mean to cause anxious uneasiness in: His behavior troubles his parents. What problems are ailing you? The bad news distressed us. Her high fever worries the doctor.
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1. a state or condition of mental distress or anxiety
2. a state or condition of disorder or unrest: industrial trouble.
3. a condition of disease, pain, or malfunctioning: she has liver trouble.
4. a cause of distress, disturbance, or pain; problem: what is the trouble?.
5. effort or exertion taken to do something: he took a lot of trouble over this design.
6. liability to suffer punishment or misfortune (esp in the phrase be in trouble): he's in trouble with the police.
7. a personal quality that is regarded as a weakness, handicap, or cause of annoyance: his trouble is that he's too soft.
8. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (plural)
a. political unrest or public disturbances
b. the Troubles political violence in Ireland during the 1920s or in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the late 1990s
9. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Troubles political violence in Ireland during the 1920s or in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the late 1990s
10. the condition of an unmarried girl who becomes pregnant (esp in the phrase in trouble)
11. (tr) to cause trouble to; upset, pain, or worry
12. (usually with a negative and foll by: about) to put oneself to inconvenience; be concerned: don't trouble about me.
13. (intr; usually with a negative) to take pains; exert oneself: please don't trouble to write everything down.
14. (tr) to cause inconvenience or discomfort to: does this noise trouble you?.
15. (tr; usually passive) to agitate or make rough: the seas were troubled.
16. (tr) Caribbean to interfere with: he wouldn't like anyone to trouble his new bicycle.
[C13: from Old French troubler, from Vulgar Latin turbulāre (unattested), from Late Latin turbidāre, from turbidus confused, from turba commotion]
ˈtroubled adj
ˈtroubler n
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(ˈtrʌb əl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.t.
1. to disturb the mental calm and contentment of; worry; distress: The sufferings of the poor troubled him.
2. to put to inconvenience, exertion, pains, or the like: May I trouble you to shut the door?
3. to cause bodily pain or discomfort to; afflict: to be troubled by arthritis.
4. to annoy, vex, or bother.
5. to disturb or agitate so as to make turbid, as water.
6. to put oneself to inconvenience, extra effort, or the like.
7. to be distressed; worry.
8. difficulty, annoyance, or harassment: to make trouble for someone.
9. an unfortunate or distressing position, circumstance, or occurrence: financial trouble.
10. civil disorder, disturbance, or conflict.
11. a physical disease, ailment, etc.: heart trouble.
12. mental or emotional distress; worry.
13. effort or inconvenience in accomplishing some action, deed, etc.: not worth the trouble.
14. an objectionable feature; drawback: the trouble with the proposal.
15. a cause or source of disturbance, annoyance, etc.
16. a mechanical defect or breakdown: trouble with the washing machine.
17. the Troubles,
a. the violence and civil war in Ireland, 1920–22.
b. the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, beginning in 1969.
in trouble, pregnant out of wedlock (used as a euphemism).
[1175–1225; Middle English (v.) < Old French troubler < Vulgar Latin *turbulare, derivative of *turbulus turbid, alter. of Latin turbulentus turbulent]
trou′bler, n.
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1. used as an uncountable noun

Trouble is most commonly an uncountable noun. If something causes you trouble, you have difficulty dealing with it.

The weather was causing more trouble than the enemy.
This would save everyone a lot of trouble.

You can say that someone has trouble doing something.

Did you have any trouble finding your way here?

Be Careful!
Don't say 'Did you have any trouble to find your way here?'

2. 'troubles'

Your troubles are the problems in your life.

It helps me forget my troubles and relax.

Be Careful!
You don't usually refer to a single problem as 'a trouble'.

3. 'the trouble'

If a particular aspect of something is causing problems, you can refer to this as the trouble.

It's getting a bit expensive now, that's the trouble.
The trouble is there's a shortage of suitable property.
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Past participle: troubled
Gerund: troubling

I trouble
you trouble
he/she/it troubles
we trouble
you trouble
they trouble
I troubled
you troubled
he/she/it troubled
we troubled
you troubled
they troubled
Present Continuous
I am troubling
you are troubling
he/she/it is troubling
we are troubling
you are troubling
they are troubling
Present Perfect
I have troubled
you have troubled
he/she/it has troubled
we have troubled
you have troubled
they have troubled
Past Continuous
I was troubling
you were troubling
he/she/it was troubling
we were troubling
you were troubling
they were troubling
Past Perfect
I had troubled
you had troubled
he/she/it had troubled
we had troubled
you had troubled
they had troubled
I will trouble
you will trouble
he/she/it will trouble
we will trouble
you will trouble
they will trouble
Future Perfect
I will have troubled
you will have troubled
he/she/it will have troubled
we will have troubled
you will have troubled
they will have troubled
Future Continuous
I will be troubling
you will be troubling
he/she/it will be troubling
we will be troubling
you will be troubling
they will be troubling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been troubling
you have been troubling
he/she/it has been troubling
we have been troubling
you have been troubling
they have been troubling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been troubling
you will have been troubling
he/she/it will have been troubling
we will have been troubling
you will have been troubling
they will have been troubling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been troubling
you had been troubling
he/she/it had been troubling
we had been troubling
you had been troubling
they had been troubling
I would trouble
you would trouble
he/she/it would trouble
we would trouble
you would trouble
they would trouble
Past Conditional
I would have troubled
you would have troubled
he/she/it would have troubled
we would have troubled
you would have troubled
they would have troubled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trouble - a source of difficultytrouble - a source of difficulty; "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
pressure point - where problems or difficulties are likely to occur; "a key pressure point in the controversy was the building permit"
can of worms - a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
deep water - serious trouble
growing pains - problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages)
hydra - trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality; "we may be facing a hydra that defies any easy solution"
matter - a problem; "is anything the matter?"
2.trouble - an angry disturbancetrouble - an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother"
disturbance, perturbation - activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption; "the term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset"; "he looked around for the source of the disturbance"; "there was a disturbance of neural function"
3.trouble - an event causing distress or paintrouble - an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens
misfortune, bad luck - unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
affliction - a cause of great suffering and distress
convulsion - a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval
embarrassment - some event that causes someone to be embarrassed; "the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals"
blaze, hell - a cause of difficulty and suffering; "war is hell"; "go to blazes"
onslaught - a sudden and severe onset of trouble
scandal, outrage - a disgraceful event
interference, noise, disturbance - electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
4.trouble - an effort that is inconvenienttrouble - 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"
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
the devil - something difficult or awkward to do or deal with; "it will be the devil to solve"
tsuris - (Yiddish) aggravating trouble; "the frustrating tsuris he subjected himself to"
5.trouble - a strong feeling of anxietytrouble - a strong feeling of anxiety; "his worry over the prospect of being fired"; "it is not work but worry that kills"; "he wanted to die and end his troubles"
anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
6.trouble - an unwanted pregnancytrouble - an unwanted pregnancy; "he got several girls in trouble"
maternity, pregnancy, gestation - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
Verb1.trouble - move deeplytrouble - move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"
charge up, commove, agitate, rouse, excite, turn on, charge - cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
jolt - disturb (someone's) composure; "The audience was jolted by the play"
cark, disorder, disquiet, perturb, unhinge, distract, trouble - disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
impress, strike, affect, move - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
distress - cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
2.trouble - to cause inconvenience or discomfort totrouble - to cause inconvenience or discomfort to; "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
distress, straiten - bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
3.trouble - disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmedtrouble - disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
vex, worry - disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"
disturb, trouble, upset - move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"
4.trouble - take the trouble to do somethingtrouble - take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please"
strain, strive, reach - to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"
5.trouble - cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back"
recrudesce, break out, erupt - become raw or open; "He broke out in hives"; "My skin breaks out when I eat strawberries"; "Such boils tend to recrudesce"
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1. bother, problems, concern, worry, stress, difficulty (informal), anxiety, distress, grief (Brit. & S. African), irritation, hassle (informal), strife, inconvenience, unease, disquiet, annoyance, agitation, commotion, unpleasantness, vexation You've caused a lot of trouble.
2. shortcoming, problem, failing, fault, weakness, defect, imperfection, weak point Your trouble is that you can't take the rejection.
3. (usually plural) distress, problem, suffering, worry, pain, anxiety, grief, torment, hardship, sorrow, woe, irritation, hassle (informal), misfortune, heartache, disquiet, annoyance, agitation, tribulation, bummer (slang), vexation She tells me her troubles. I tell her mine.
distress pleasure, comfort, happiness, good fortune, tranquillity, contentment
4. ailment, disease, failure, complaint, upset, illness, disorder, disability, defect, malfunction He had never before had any heart trouble.
5. disorder, fighting, row, conflict, bother, grief (Brit. & S. African), unrest, disturbance, to-do (informal), discontent, dissatisfaction, furore, uproar, scuffling, discord, fracas, commotion, rumpus, breach of the peace, tumult, affray (Law), brouhaha, ructions, hullabaloo (informal), kerfuffle (Brit. informal), hoo-ha (informal) Riot police are being deployed to prevent any trouble.
disorder peace, agreement, unity, harmony, tranquillity, contentment
6. problem, bother, concern, pest, irritation, hassle (informal), nuisance, inconvenience, irritant, cause of annoyance He's no trouble at all, but his brother is rude and selfish.
7. effort, work, thought, care, labour, struggle, pains, bother, grief (Brit. & S. African), hassle (informal), inconvenience, exertion You've saved us a lot of trouble by helping.
effort facility, ease, convenience
8. difficulty, hot water (informal), predicament, deep water (informal), spot (informal), danger, mess, dilemma, scrape (informal), pickle (informal), dire straits, tight spot a charity that helps women in trouble with the law
9. malfunction, failure, fault, breakdown, dysfunction The multi-million pound jet developed engine trouble.
1. bother, worry, upset, disturb, distress, annoy, plague, grieve, torment, harass, hassle (informal), afflict, pain, fret, agitate, sadden, perplex, disconcert, disquiet, pester, vex, perturb, faze, give someone grief (Brit. & S. African), discompose, put or get someone's back up Is anything troubling you?
bother please, calm, relieve, soothe, appease, mollify
2. afflict, hurt, bother, cause discomfort to, cause discomfort to, pain, grieve The ulcer had been troubling her for several years.
3. inconvenience, disturb, burden, put out, impose upon, discommode, incommode `Good morning. I'm sorry to trouble you.'
inconvenience relieve
4. take pains, take the time, make an effort, go to the effort of, exert yourself He yawns, not troubling to cover his mouth.
take pains avoid, dodge
"Man is born unto trouble" Bible: Job
"Double, double, toil and trouble" [William Shakespeare Macbeth]
"Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you"
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1. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance:
2. The state or quality of being inconvenient:
3. A difficult, often embarrassing situation or condition:
Informal: bind, pickle, spot.
4. A cause of distress or anxiety:
5. The use of energy to do something:
Informal: elbow grease.
1. To cause anxious uneasiness in:
2. To come to mind continually:
3. To cause inconvenience for:
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إضْطِراباتعِلَّه، مَرَضقَلَققَلَق، تَعَبيُزْعِجُ نَفْسَه، يَبذُل جُهْدا
erfiîleikarhafa fyrirtrufla, ónáîavalda áhyggjum/reiîi/amaveikindi
kiršintojasneramumaiprislėgtas rūpesčiųsukeliantis daug rūpesčiųvaidininkas
motnjepotruditi setežavavznemirjati
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A. N
1. (= problem) → problema m, dificultad f; (for doing wrong) → problemas mpl, lío m; (= difficult situation) → apuro m, aprieto m
life is full of troublesla vida está llena de problemas or aflicciones
now your troubles are overya no tendrás de que preocuparte, se acabaron las preocupaciones
what's the trouble?¿cuál es el problema?, ¿qué pasa?
the trouble isel problema es ..., lo que pasa es ...
that's just the troubleahí está (la madre del cordero)
it's just asking for troubleeso es buscarse problemas
there'll be trouble if she finds outse armará una buena si se entera
there's trouble brewingse va a armar lío
to get into trouble he got into trouble with the policese metió en un lío con la policía
he got into trouble for saying thatse mereció una bronca diciendo eso
to get sb into troublemeter a algn en un lío or problemas (euph) (= make pregnant) → dejar embarazada a algn
to get out of troublesalir del apuro
to get sb out of troubleayudar a algn a salir del apuro, echar un cable a algn
to give trouble she never gave us any troublenunca nos causó problemas
to have trouble doing sth I had no trouble finding the houseencontré la casa sin problemas
did you have any trouble?¿tuviste algún problema or alguna dificultad?
we had trouble getting here in timenos costó trabajo llegar aquí a tiempo
to be in trouble (= having problems) → estar en un apuro or aprieto; (for doing wrong) → tener problemas
to be in great troubleestar muy apurado
to lay up trouble for o.screarse problemas
don't go looking for troubleno busques camorra or problemas
to make trouble for sbcrear un lío a algn
money troublesdificultades fpl económicas
to stir up troublemeter cizaña, revolver el ajo
to tell sb one's troublescontar sus desventuras a algn
my/his trouble and strife (Brit) → la parienta
2. (= effort, bother) → molestia f
to go to (all) the trouble of doing sthtomarse la molestia de hacer algo
I went to a lot of trouble to get it for herme tomé muchas molestias para conseguírselo
we had all our trouble for nothingtodo aquello fue trabajo perdido
it's no troubleno es molestia
to put sb to the trouble of doing sthmolestar a algn pidiéndole que haga algo
I fear I am putting you to a lot of troubleme temo que esto te vaya a molestar bastante
to save o.s. the troubleahorrarse el trabajo
to spare no trouble in order to + INFINno regatear medio para + infin
to take the trouble to do sthtomarse la molestia de hacer algo
he didn't even take the trouble to say thank youni se dignó siquiera darme las gracias
to take a lot of trouble over sthesmerarse en algo, hacer algo con el mayor cuidado
nothing is too much trouble for herpara ella todo es poco
it's more trouble than it's worth, it's not worth the troubleno vale la pena
3. (Med) heart/back troubleproblemas mpl de corazón/espalda
it's my old troubleha vuelto lo de antes
4. (Mech) a mechanic put the trouble rightun mecánico reparó las piezas averiadas
engine troubleproblemas mpl con el motor
5. (= unrest, fighting) → conflicto m, disturbio m
the (Irish) troubleslos conflictos de los irlandeses
there is constant trouble between themriñen constantemente
labour troublesconflictos laborales
there's trouble at t'mill (Brit) (hum) → hay un disturbio en la fábrica
see also brew C2
1. (= worry) → preocupar
the thought troubled himle preocupaba la idea
it's not that that troubles meno me preocupo por eso, eso me trae sin cuidado
2. (= cause pain) his eyes trouble himtiene problemas con la vista or los ojos
if the tooth troubles you again call the dentistsi vuelves a tener molestias en el diente llama al dentista
3. (= bother) → molestar
I'm sorry to trouble youdisculpe la molestia
maths never troubled me at alllas matemáticas no me costaron trabajo en absoluto
to trouble o.s. about sthpreocuparse por algo
to trouble o.s. to do sthmolestarse en or tomarse la molestia de hacer algo
don't trouble yourself!¡no te molestes!, ¡no te preocupes!
may I trouble you to hold this?¿te molestaría tener esto?
may I trouble you for a light?¿le molestaría darme fuego, por favor?
does it trouble you if I smoke?¿le molesta que fume?
I won't trouble you with all the detailsno le voy a aburrir con exceso de detalles
C. VI (= make the effort) → preocuparse, molestarse
please don't trouble!¡no te molestes!, ¡no te preocupes!
don't trouble to writeno te molestes en escribir
he didn't trouble to shut the doorno se tomó la molestia de cerrar la puerta
if you had troubled to find outsi te hubieras tomado la molestia de averiguarlo
D. CPD trouble spot N (esp Pol) (= area, country) → zona f conflictiva
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(= difficulty) → problème m, difficulté f (= difficulties) → problèmesmpldifficultés fpl
to have trouble doing sth → avoir du mal à faire qch
to be in trouble (= have difficulties) [person, company] → avoir des ennuis; [ship, climber] → être en difficulté
to be in trouble with sb → avoir des ennuis avec qn
He was in trouble with his teachers → Il avait des ennuis avec ses professeurs.
to be in trouble with the law → avoir des ennuis avec la police
to get into trouble [person] → s'attirer des ennuis; [ship, climber] → se trouver en difficulté
(= problem) → problème m
the trouble is ... → le problème, c'est que ...
The trouble is, it's too expensive → Le problème, c'est que c'est trop cher.
what's the trouble? → qu'est-ce qui ne va pas?
(= bother, effort) to be a lot of trouble → demander beaucoup d'efforts, exiger beaucoup d'efforts
to be too much trouble → demander trop d'efforts, exiger trop d'efforts
Baking their own bread was too much trouble → Faire leur propre pain leur demandait trop d'efforts.
to save sb a lot of trouble (= prevent serious consequences) → éviter beaucoup de problèmes à qn, épargner beaucoup de tracas à qn (= make things easier) → faciliter les choses à qn
It would save me a lot of trouble if you would do it yourself → Cela me faciliterait vraiment les choses si tu voulais bien le faire toi-même.
to go to the trouble of doing sth, to take the trouble to do sth → se donner la peine de faire qch
to take a lot of trouble over sth → se donner beaucoup de peine pour qch
don't worry, it's no trouble → mais non, ça ne me dérange absolument pas
he's no trouble → il n'est pas difficile
it's more trouble than it's worth → ça n'en vaut pas la peine
he's more trouble than he's worth → il n'en vaut pas la peine
it's not worth the trouble → ça n'en vaut pas la peine
(= unrest) → troubles mpl
The police would intervene at the first sign of trouble → La police était prête à intervenir dès les premiers troubles.
to make trouble, to cause trouble → causer des problèmes, semer le trouble
(= medical problems)
He's having trouble with his right knee → Il a des problèmes avec son genou droit.
to have stomach trouble → avoir des troubles gastriques
to have back trouble → avoir des problèmes de dos
to have heart trouble → avoir des problèmes cardiaques
to have kidney trouble → avoir des problèmes rénaux
(with machine)problèmes mpl
to have engine trouble → avoir des problèmes de moteur
(= bother) → déranger
I'm sorry to trouble you, but ... → je m'excuse de vous déranger, mais ...
please don't trouble yourself! → je vous en prie, ne vous dérangez pas!
to trouble to do sth → prendre la peine de faire qch
(= worry) → inquiéter
Is anything troubling you? → Est-ce qu'il y a quelque chose qui vous inquiète?
to be troubled by sth → s'inquiéter de qch
(= cause pain) [injury, ulcer, condition] → faire souffrir; [knee, tooth, stomach] → faire souffrir
The ulcer had been troubling her for years
BUT Elle souffrait d'un ulcère depuis des années. troubles
(= worries) → problèmes mpl
She told me all her troubles → Elle m'a parlé de tous ses problèmes.
(POLITICS)troubles mpl
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Schwierigkeiten pl; (bothersome) → Ärger m; did you have any trouble (in) getting it?hatten Sie Schwierigkeiten es zu bekommen?; to be in troublein Schwierigkeiten sein; you’ll be in trouble for thisda bekommen Sie Ärger or Schwierigkeiten; to be in trouble with somebodymit jdm Schwierigkeiten or Ärger haben; to get into troublein Schwierigkeiten geraten; (with authority) → Schwierigkeiten or Ärger bekommen (with mit); to get somebody into troublejdn in Schwierigkeiten bringen (with mit); to get a girl into trouble (euph)ein Mädchen ins Unglück bringen; to get out of troubleaus den Schwierigkeiten herauskommen; to get somebody out of troublejdm aus seinen Schwierigkeiten heraushelfen; to keep or stay out of troublenicht in Schwierigkeiten kommen, sauber bleiben (inf); now we’re out of troublejetzt sind wir aus den Schwierigkeiten heraus; the children are never out of troubledie Kinder stellen dauernd etwas an; to make trouble (= cause a row etc)Krach schlagen (inf), → Ärger machen; to make trouble for somebody/oneself (with authority) → jdn/sich selbst in Schwierigkeiten bringen; that’s/you’re asking for troubledas kann ja nicht gut gehen; are you looking for trouble?Sie wollen wohl Ärger?; to look for trouble, to go around looking for troublesich (dat)Ärger einhandeln; there’ll be trouble if he finds outwenn er das erfährt, gibts Ärger or Trouble (inf); here comes trouble (inf)jetzt geht es los! (inf), → jetzt gibt es Ärger or Trouble! (inf); what’s the trouble?was ist los?; (to sick person) → wo fehlts?; the trouble is that …das Problem ist, dass …; that’s the troubledas ist das Problem; family/money troublesFamilien-/Geldsorgen pl; his troubles are not yet overseine Sorgen or Probleme sind noch nicht vorbei
(= bother, effort)Mühe f; it’s no trouble (at all)!das mache ich doch gern; thank you — (it was) no troublevielen Dank — (das ist) gern geschehen; it’s no trouble to do it properlyman kann es genauso gut ordentlich machen; it’s not worth the troubledas ist nicht der Mühe wert; she’s/it’s more trouble than she’s/it’s worthsie/es macht mehr Ärger or Umstände als sie/es wert ist; nothing is too much trouble for hernichts ist ihr zu viel; to go to the trouble (of doing something), to take the trouble (to do something)sich (dat)die Mühe machen(, etw zu tun); to go to/to take a lot of trouble (over or with something)sich (dat)(mit etw) viel Mühe geben; you have gone to a lot of trouble over the foodSie haben sich (dat)solche Umstände mit dem Essen gemacht; he went to enormous troubleer hat alles nur Erdenkliche getan; to put somebody to the trouble of doing somethingjdn bemühen, etw zu tun; to put somebody to a lot of troublejdm viel Mühe machen
(= nuisance) to be a trouble (to somebody)(jdm) Mühe machen; (dependent person also) → (jdm) zur Last fallen; the child is nothing but trouble to his parentsdas Kind macht seinen Eltern nur Sorgen; he’s been no trouble at all (of child) → er war ganz lieb
(Med: = illness) → Leiden nt; (fig)Schaden m; heart/back troubleHerz-/Rückenleiden nt; my back is giving me troublemein Rücken macht mir zu schaffen; engine trouble(ein) Motorschaden m
(= unrest, upheaval)Unruhe f; labour (Brit) or labor (US) troublesArbeiterunruhen pl; there’s trouble at the factory/in Iranin der Fabrik/im Iran herrscht Unruhe; he caused/made trouble between themer hat Unruhe zwischen ihnen gestiftet ? stir up
(= worry)beunruhigen; (= disturb, grieve)bekümmern; to be troubled by somethingwegen etw besorgt or beunruhigt/bekümmert sein; he’s troubled with a bad backer leidet an Rückenschmerzen
(= bother)bemühen, belästigen; I’m sorry to trouble you, but could you tell me if …entschuldigen Sie die Störung, aber könnten Sie mir sagen, ob …; may I trouble you for a light?darf ich Sie um Feuer bitten?; will it trouble you if I smoke?stört es Sie, wenn ich rauche?; I shan’t trouble you with the detailsich werde Ihnen die Einzelheiten ersparen; we are troubled with mice just nowwir werden zurzeit von Mäusen geplagt; I’ll trouble you to remember who you’re speaking to! (iro)würden Sie bitte daran denken, mit wem Sie sprechen!
(= take the trouble) to trouble to do somethingsich bemühen, etw zu tun; please don’t trouble yourselfbitte bemühen Sie sich nicht; don’t trouble to write until you’ve settled downschreib erst, wenn du dich eingelebt hast; if you had troubled to ask, you might have found out the truthwenn du dir die Mühe gemacht und gefragt hättest, hättest du wahrscheinlich die Wahrheit erfahren; oh, don’t trouble to apologize! (iro)bemüh dich nicht, dich zu entschuldigen
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adj period, process, carproblemlos; relationship alsoreibungslos; arearuhig; machinestörungsfrei
nTunichtgut m; (deliberate) → Unruhestifter(in) m(f)
nStörungssucher(in) m(f); (Pol, Ind: = mediator) → Vermittler(in) m(f); troubles (Pol etc: = organization) → Krisenfeuerwehr f
n (Comput etc) → Troubleshooting nt, → Problembehandlung f
adj (= bothersome)lästig; person, problemschwierig; the most trouble boy in the schoolder schwierigste Junge in der Schule; (= troublemaker)der größte Störenfried in der Schule; don’t be trouble!sei nicht so schwierig!
trouble spot
nUnruheherd m; (in system) → Störung f
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1. n
a. (problems) → problemi mpl, difficoltà fpl; (as result of doing wrong) → guai mpl, pasticci mpl; (with sth mechanical) → noie fpl; (unrest, fighting) → agitazione f, disordine m troubles npldisordini, conflitti mpl
to have trouble doing sth → avere delle difficoltà a fare qc
to be in trouble (having problems) → avere qualche problema or difficoltà (for doing wrong) → essere nei guai
to get into trouble → cacciarsi nei guai
to get sb into trouble → mettere or cacciare qn nei guai
to help sb out of trouble → aiutare qn a tirarsi fuori dai guai
what's the trouble? → cosa c'è che non va?
the trouble is ... → c'è che..., il guaio è che...
don't go looking for trouble → non andare in cerca di guai
engine trouble → noie al motore
stomach trouble → disturbi mpl gastrici
heart/back trouble → disturbi al cuore/di schiena
b. (bother, effort) → sforzo; (worry) → preoccupazione f
it's no trouble (offering help) → non è un problema
it's no trouble! (accepting thanks) → di niente!
it's not worth the trouble → non vale la pena
to go to (all) the trouble of doing sth, take the trouble to do sth → darsi la pena di fare qc
2. vt
a. (worry) → preoccupare
my eyes have been troubling me → ho avuto dei disturbi agli occhi
b. (bother, be nuisance to) → disturbare
I'm sorry to trouble you → mi dispiace disturbarla
I shan't trouble you with all the details → non starò ad annoiarla con tutti i particolari
please don't trouble yourself → non si disturbi
c. (+ infin, make the effort) to trouble to do sthdarsi la pena di fare qc
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(ˈtrabl) noun
1. (something which causes) worry, difficulty, work, anxiety etc. He never talks about his troubles; We've had a lot of trouble with our children; I had a lot of trouble finding the book you wanted.
2. disturbances; rebellion, fighting etc. It occurred during the time of the troubles in Cyprus.
3. illness or weakness (in a particular part of the body). He has heart trouble.
1. to cause worry, anger or sadness to. She was troubled by the news of her sister's illness.
2. used as part of a very polite and formal request. May I trouble you to close the window?
3. to make any effort. He didn't even trouble to tell me what had happened.
ˈtroubled adjective
(negative untroubled).
1. worried or anxious. He is obviously a troubled man.
2. disturbed and not peaceful. troubled sleep.
ˈtroublesome adjective
causing worry or difficulty. troublesome children/tasks.
ˈtroublemaker noun
a person who continually (and usually deliberately) causes worry, difficulty or disturbance to other people. Beware of her – she is a real troublemaker.
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قَلَق potíže problem Schwierigkeit μπελάς problema, problemas vaikeus difficultés problem problema 困難 곤란 moeite trøbbel kłopot problema беспокойство bekymmer ปัญหา güçlük vấn đề 麻烦
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n. aflicción, calamidad, problema;
What is the trouble?¿Qué sucede? ¿qué pasa?;
to be in ___estar en un apuro;
to be worth the ___valer la pena.
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n molestia (frec. pl); Do you have trouble with your back?.. Tiene molestia(s) en la espalda?
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References in classic literature ?
"Oh, I'm ready for any trouble HE might make!" quickly exclaimed Tom.
I see he had a still on an' I didn' wanna giv 'im no stuff, so I says: 'Git deh hell outa here an' don' make no trouble,' I says like dat!
"Got a fresh trouble, Rosy?" he asked, stroking her smooth head.
I wish, therefore, that you would go to Madame Chiffon's, in Gorokhovaia Street, and ask her, in the first place, to send me some sempstresses, and, in the second place, to give herself the trouble of coming in person, as I am too ill to go out.
But I mean to find some other crowd, if it takes a lot of trouble!
I can't speak about it to them as are i' the place o' your parents, for that might bring worse trouble than's needful."
With the going below of Skipper, evidently in great trouble, the light had gone out of the day for Jerry.
I should never have got into that trouble if I'd been true to you--if I hadn't been a fool.
They bring trouble and discomfort wherever they come, with their false, fair faces and their deceitful tongues.'
Reduce the hostile chiefs by inflicting damage on them; and make trouble for them, and keep them constantly engaged; hold out specious allurements, and make them rush to any given point.
It will make no difference if you do, in the gratitude I shall always feel for the trouble you took with me when I was a little girl.
'Oh, Miss Grey!' she would say, 'you have some trouble with them childer!'