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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.]
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grief or strife
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or tsour•is

(ˈtsʊər ɪs, ˈtsɜr-)

n. Slang.
trouble; woe.
[1970–75; < Yiddish tsures, tsores, pl. of tsure, tsore < Hebrew ṣārāh, pl. ṣārōth troubles]
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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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Unlike its female counterpart, "shiksa"and unlike "schmuck" and "tsuris" (which just popped in The New York Times)the Yiddish word for a Gentile boy never leapt across Delancey into the American vernacular.
The Jew whose glass is always half-full of low-sodium tsuris? Or is it the joke's cultural impenetrability, its confident reliance on the particular worldview of its intended audience?
And all the tsuris and hand-wringing about combining the editor and publisher roles?
The prospect of increased traffic, density and building height has been the source of some tsuris, though.
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.
What I do know is that this moment in the story has caused centuries of tsuris for the Jews.
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.
The fixer's tsuris begins with his decision to pass himself off as a Russian when he is arrested.
And, he urges, Jews should not continue to premise their future on the "Tsuris Theory of Jewish Survival," (56) or they will be "doomed to live precariously on a pendulum perennially swinging in a wide arc between the extremes of persecution and assimilation." (57) Negative Judaism, he argues, must be replaced by "a more positive and enduring Jewish identification" where we can prove "that Jews do not need enemies to survive." (58) There are problems, including declining numbers, but Professor Dershowitz is optimistic.
Tsuris (Yiddish) grief and trouble caused by a son or daughter