NOTE: focus is on the cause or source of the trouble, not the resulting state (sense 4)
Were those boys giving you trouble?
It won't be any trouble for Mary to drop your letters at the post office.
I don't want to make trouble for them.
Your dog was no trouble at all during the week he stayed with us.
Would it be too much trouble to ask you for a cigarette?
His four-year old daughter can be a real trouble maker.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
NOTE: implies violence or social upheaval, not activity by one or two persons
There may be trouble over this racially-motivated killing.
Her family lived in Vietnam throughout the time of trouble there.
More trouble is brewing in the Middle East.
The rebels have been causing trouble in the western provinces.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
NOTE: implies some identifiable object or component is not working properly or optimally.
John has been home for a week with back trouble.
Our car developed engine trouble near Death Valley.
She seems to be having trouble breathing.
His grandmother has trouble reading street signs at night.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
NOTE: focus is on the state of trouble, not the origin, cause or source of it (sense 1)
We shouldn't make light of her troubles.
Jack got into financial trouble with a couple of bad business deals.
Her son has managed to stay out of trouble with the law for two years.
I had trouble finding somewhere to park.
The firm's new hiring policies have run into trouble.
The trouble is, they need the money.
Bob thinks the economy is headed for trouble.
I fear our troubles are just beginning.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4
Sally has gone to great trouble to rearrange her schedule around this meeting.
They wouldn't take the trouble to do it right.
Betty went to a lot of trouble to make these nice programs for our concert.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4
NOTE: identifies or implies a specific negative attribute of something
The trouble with this design is that it will be very expensive to manufacture.
John's trouble is that he speaks before he thinks.
That's the trouble with diets, they are too boring to stick to for very long.
Critics believe the trouble with raising the minimum wage is that fewer people will be hired.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 6b
It's a shelter to help unwed teenaged girls in trouble.
That playboy has gotten several girls in trouble.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6