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Difference between Give someone a pain and Give someone pain

give someone a pain

1. cause smb. physical pain:

  • The prednisone gave her a pain in her liver and stomach, she could not eat, and she lost all her energy.

2. (also: give someone a pain in the neck) annoy or irritate a person:

  • What would I want to go up to Florence Leaming’s for? She gives me a pain.

give someone pain

1. = give someone a pain 1:

  • Then after a while I sat up, which gave me pain, for I felt as if I had been beaten all over.

2. make a person feel upset or unhappy:

  • I think of memories that gave me pain. It reminds me of how life goes on after a storm.