Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) a small problem, annoyance, or worry
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    • a niggling issue/doubt
  • Analysis

    As a verb 'to niggle' means to cause annoyance or slight discomfort or to persist in an annoying way. It can also mean to criticise someone or annoy them in a way that is petty or trivial. The noun 'a niggle' means a small annoyance or criticism or slight discomfort.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Ian has promised to pay me back the money he owes me, but there is a niggle of doubt in the back of my mind that he will keep to his word.
    2. The physio has relieved me of my back pain apart from a small niggle every now and again.
    3. We fixed up the house but there are still a few niggles with the kitchen fittings.
    4. He made a rude comment that has been niggling at me ever since.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. If you encounter any niggles while you're transferring the data, give me a shout and I'll help you out.   
    2. There are still a few niggling issues left to be resolved, but overall we are very close to completing the deal.
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