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Definition of "growing pains" []

  • Pains in the limbs and joints of children or adolescents, often attributed to rapid growth but arising from various unrelated causes. (noun-plural)
  • Emotional difficulties that occur during adolescence. (noun-plural)
  • Problems that arise in the initiation or enlargement of an enterprise. (noun-plural)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "growing pains" in a sentence
  • "Feeling the growing pains along with them, I rooted for Jordan and the Bulls to overcome not only the insurmountable hurdle that was the Detroit Pistons, but the psychological burden of growth they failed to embrace."