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Problems arise

to begin to occur or to exist; to come into being or to attention

Problems arise when people try to avoid responsibility.


Problems crop up

to come or appear when not expected

New problems crop up every day


Problems preset themselves


Straightforward approach usually fails and unexpected problems present themselves.


Problems recur

A recurring problem is one of the worst!


Encounter / experience difficulties

There was a general consensus that newly qualified nurses still encounter difficulties when transitioning into professional practice.

Many companies still experience difficulties when trying to move beyond the Pilot stage or PoC with #RPA.


to be in a quandary

a situation in which one has to choose between two or more equally unsatisfactory choices

I'm in a quandary about whether I should try to repair my stereo or buy a new one, even though I don't have the money to do either


to be in a dilemma

to be faced with a dilema

a situation in which one has to choose between two or more equally unsatisfactory choices

The company was in a dilemma over its future

Faced with a dilemma of whether to risk continuing to drive in the dangerous storm or to give up searching for the lost dog and hope he survived


to be in dire straits

in a very bad or difficult situation

With its best player out of the game, the team found itself in dire straits.


a bit stuck

if you are stuck in a place, you want to get away from it, but are unable to.  

I was stuck at home with flu...


in a jam

in trouble or in a difficult situation

If you get in a jam, here’s my phone number so you can reach me.

I’m in a real jam - I lost my key and can’t get into my house.


in a fix

To be in a troublesome situation.

Boy, I'm really in a fix - I accidentally made plans with two different men tonight!

We're in a fix now because the hotel gave our room away!


in trouble

Subject to punishment for a particular offense or wrongdoing.

I'm in trouble with my parents for sneaking out last night.

In a problematic situation or in a state of hardship.

I'm in trouble, Dave. Is there any way you could lend me some money?


run away from problems / ignore problems

ignore, postpone, pretedmn they don't exist

Sometimes, those things really are more important, but this doesn't mean that we should run away from problems or postpone them

The reason why you ignore your problems is because it's the easiest thing to do


bury/have your head in the sand

To refuse to think about unpleasant facts, although they will have an influence on your situation

You've got to face facts here - you can't just bury your head in the sand.


hope problems will go away


The Council should not bury its head in the sand and hope that this problem will go away.


wash your hands of sth

If you wash your hands of something that you were previously responsible for, you intentionally stop being involved in it or connected with it in any way

She couldn't wait to wash her hands of the whole project.


pass the buck

shift the responsibility for something to someone else.

Elected political leaders cannot pass the buck for crisis decisions to any alternative source of authority.


come back to a haunt

The past has come back to a haunt the Fire Department Deputy Chief


confront the problem

stań twarzą w twarz z problemem

It is confronting political problems that the entire city will have to deal with soon, they said.


tackle the problem

address the problem

This would tackle the youth unemployment problem and provide more balanced use of apprenticeships across all sectors.

Bringing aviation into a carbon trading system is the only sane way to tackle the problem.



deal with a problem

To successfully deal with a problem or difficult

 The council has failed to deal with the problem of homelessness in the city.


sort the problem out on the spot

The good news is that most of the time we can sort the problem out on the spot


take the bull by the horns

Deal decisively with a difficult or dangerous situation.
She decided to take the bull by the horns and organize things for herself


sort it out once and for all

Just sign them all in as John Doe and we'll sort it out later.


the buck stops here

The responsibility for something cannot or should not be passed to someone else

When you are a minister, the buck stops with you


shoulder the responsibility

To accept, to assume, to take the responsibility.

Philip shoulders all the responsibility for decisions made in the sales department, good or bad he is responsible.

He is the man who should be shouldering the responsibility.


a pain in the neck

An annoying or tedious person or thing.

She's a pain in the neck


a real headache

If you say that something is a headache, you mean that it causes you difficulty or worry.

This is a real headache for us.


reach an agreement

To achieve some accord, settlement, or compromise (with someone), especially after a period of debate, argument, negotiation, etc.

The state prosecutors say they have reached an agreement with the CEO regarding his suspected involvement in racketeering.

The heads of state reached an agreement to implement a new trade deal between the six countries.


overcome obstacles

Overcoming obstacles means that you can work through a challenge in order to achieve a goal.

Giving children self-confidence and the ability to overcome obstacles is obviously useful in their education.

We have managed to overcome huge obstacles.