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To suffer inexplicable pain of some sort. This pain isn't necessarily physical, however. The usage of the word "world" doesn't always implicate a great length of time that the pain will exist, but rather the magnitude of the pain.
I spent my first year of college drinking and failing classes. Now Daddy won't pay my tuition, and I have to go to community college. I'm in a world of hurt!

Dad: Son, did you go outside without my permission again?
Son: (lying) No, Mom said--
Dad: *removes belt* You're about to be in a world of hurt!
Son: *starts crying even though he hasn't been hit yet*
Dad: Why are you crying? I haven't even hit you yet! But don't worry, i'm about to give you something to cry about.

...Not that that actually happened or anything...
by TooCrooked June 27, 2008
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Paper product used as a barrier against unwanted messes, such as the liner at the bottom of a bird cage.
Please put a New York Times under that before it gets all over the place.
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