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A snag / hitch / glitch

Fairly small difficulties ( glitch usually refers to a technical problem of some kind. The other two words are more general)

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Setback

Progress has been stopped by something

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Stumbling block

Something that prevents action or agreement

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Pitfall

An unexpected difficulty (often used in the plural)

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Obstacle

Anything that stops progress, either literally or metaphorically

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Impediment

Something that prevents free action, progress or movement

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Dilemma

A situation where a difficult choice has to be made between two, sometimes unpleasant, alternatives

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Ordeal

Severe experience, which is very difficult, painful or tiring

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Problematic

Full of problems or difficulties

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Abstruse

Difficult to understand

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Arduous

Difficult, tiring, needing much effort

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Complex

difficult to understand as it has many parts

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Convoluted

Unreasonably long and hard to follow

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Gruelling

Extremely tiring and difficult

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Insufferable

Difficult to bear as it is annoying or uncomfortable

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Obstructive

Causing deliberate difficulties

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Tough

Difficult to deal with or do

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Traumatic

Shocking and upsetting

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Wayward

Changeable, selfish and/or hard to control

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What a pain / what a drag

What a nuisance

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Chore

Boring job that has to be done

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What's eating him? / what's got into him? / what's bugging him? / what's (up) with him?

What's the matter with him?

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Hassle

Situation causing trouble or difficulty

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Torture

Used figuratively to refer to an unpleasant experience

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To slog (your guts out) / to grind / to graft / to flog yourself to death

To work hard

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In a fix / in a spot / in a hole / up against it / up to your neck

In a difficult situation

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Sticky / tricky

Difficult

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Off the hook / in the clear / out of the wood(s)

Freed from a difficult situation

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Downside

The disadvantage of a situation