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public nuisance

noun
1.
(law) an illegal act causing harm to members of a particular community rather than to any individual
2.
(informal) a person who is generally considered objectionable
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  • A public nuisance is really more respectable than a nonentity.

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • Because if you don't it's goin' to be necessary for me to run you in for a public nuisance.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Lambeth Wells at length becoming a public nuisance, the premises were shut up, and ultimately let as a Methodist Meeting-house.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • He must not carry on any kind of business likely to become a public nuisance.

    Monopolies and the People Charles Whiting Baker
  • We must rid ourselves of him; he's a public nuisance, a dangerous, meddlesome fellow.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • Smith saluted like a Guardsman, turned about, and ceased to be a public nuisance.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Word was sent round, and when a friend and me come on him some talk was passed and this public nuisance got something.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Keeping an army in America has been nothing but a public nuisance.

  • A foolish politician blurted out: "Those unemployed soldiers are becoming a public nuisance."

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • Otherwise I think the Stuarts were a public nuisance altogether.

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