Word forms: plural public nuisances
If something or someone is, or causes, a public nuisance
, they break
by harming or annoying
members of the public.
...the 45-day jail sentence he received for causing a public nuisance after taking
part in a demonstration.
Back in the 1980s drug users were a public nuisance in Zurich.
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