- 苦しい☆【くるしい】 Inflection
- painful; difficult; tough; hard
- distressing; (psychologically) difficult; stressful; awkward (e.g. position)
- straitened (circumstances); tight (financial situation); needy; struggling
- strained (interpretation, explanation, etc.); lame (e.g. excuse); forced (e.g. smile); far-fetched
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