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  ( problems    plural  )
1       n-count   A problem is a situation that is unsatisfactory and causes difficulties for people.  
usu with supp, oft N of/with n  
...the economic problems of the inner city..., The main problem is unemployment..., He told Americans that solving the energy problem was very important...     
2       n-count   A problem is a puzzle that requires logical thought or mathematics to solve it.  
With mathematical problems, you can save time by approximating.     
3       adj   Problem children or problem families have serious problems or cause serious problems for other people.  
ADJ n   (=difficult)  
In some cases a problem child is placed in a special school...     
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1    can of worms     (informal)   complication, difficulty, dilemma, disagreement, dispute, disputed point, doubt, Gordian knot, hard nut to crack     (informal)   how-do-you-do     (informal)   point at issue, predicament, quandary, trouble  
2    brain-teaser     (informal)   conundrum, enigma, poser, puzzle, question, riddle, teaser  
3    delinquent, difficult, intractable, uncontrollable, unmanageable, unruly  

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problem solver n.
one who solves people's problems

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
a problem, a trouble, a hiccup
the fly in the ointment that summer was the terrible weather: l' ennui cet été là fut le mauvais temps.
when sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
Peeling the onion means going back in stages find out how a problem actually started.
a clusterfuck means several problems occurring at the same time
Mainly US usage, very colloquial/vulgar
with a complex structure; difficult to approach; multiple problems generator
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
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