trials and tribulations

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trials and tribulations

Tests of one's patience or endurance, as in She went through all the trials and tribulations of being admitted to law school only to find she couldn't afford to go. This redundant expressiontrial and tribulation here both mean the same thingis also used semi-humorously, as in Do you really want to hear about the trials and tribulations of my day at the office?

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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