From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhasslehas‧sle1 /ˈhæsəl/ noun 1 [countable, uncountable] spokenANNOYPROBLEM something that is annoying, because it causes problems or is difficult to do I don’t feel like cooking tonight, it’s too much hassle. It’s such a hassle not having a washing machine.► see thesaurus at problem2 [countable] American English informalARGUE an argument between two people or groups hassles with the managementCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa real hassle (=used to emphasize that something is very annoying or causes a lot of problems)Carrying a heavy bag around all day is a real hassle.a big hassleI find putting on make-up a big hassle.legal/bureaucratic/administrative hassleIt took weeks of bureaucratic hassle to get a replacement passport.verbsget hassle (=be made to experience problems)Liz is getting a lot of hassle about the claim from her insurance company.have hassle (=experience problems)If we book now, we won’t have the hassle of picking up the tickets at the box office.give somebody hassle (=make someone experience problems)Did the teacher give you any hassle about that homework?avoid hassleMany couples get married abroad to avoid the hassle and cost of a big wedding.phrasesit’s not worth the hassle (=something is not worth doing because it involves a lot of problems)I’m not going to argue with him – it’s just not worth the hassle.take the hassle out of something (=remove the problems related to doing something)The internet takes all the hassle out of shopping.go through the hassle of doing something (=experience the problems of doing something)The shirt didn’t fit so I had to go through the hassle of taking it back to the shop.
Examples from the Corpushassle• The airline doesn't make seat assignments, which can be a hassle for travelers, but it saves money.• Too much of a hassle to use both toothpaste and mouthwash?• Avoid hassle by using this site to e-mail several estate agents and let them do all the work.• Her biggest hassle is deciding which client to bill her hours to.• I was still handed a second to cause me extra hassle.• An experienced real estate agent will be able to avoid legal hassles.• Byrd says he settled the claim to avoid legal hassles.• This is how Ovation do it, and it certainly means less hassle when it comes to changing strings.• Driving downtown is just too much hassle.• I don't want to organize a big party - it's too much hassle.• It sure saves all that hassle of getting to know and understand him.• Buy Christmas presents early, and avoid the hassles of December shopping.• Shopping by mail avoids the hassles of crowded stores at Christmastime.• Every move requires a person to take the time and fight the hassle to register to vote.• In addition to the hassle, lost receipts can mean lost deductions.hasslehassle2 verb (hassled, hassling) [transitive] informal ASK A QUESTIONANNOYto annoy someone, especially by asking them many times to do something Stop hassling me! I said I’ll call them tomorrow.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpushassle• None the less, Wood said he has destroyed all of Mary Lou's tapes to ensure that she will not be further hassled.• And goodness knows I get tired, irritable and hassled by my children's demands.• We were often hassled by the neighbours and occasionally by the police.• And I am not going to hassle him over his choices because it's his neck on the line.• We should not hassle it with its shortcomings at every juncture.• Are you just going to hassle me?• A homeless man was hassling motorists at the traffic lights.• Perhaps, while she hassled, she managed to forget Montaine for a few hours.• Thieving, fighting, hassling the locals.Origin hassle1 (1800-1900) Perhaps from haggle + tussle