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Should we say, A hassles with B or A hassles to B?

What is the right expression?

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Make some effort of your own and show it proudly here, so the others will be motivated to help. :) Also, Never post a question with capitalization, spacing and other errors. – Kris Jun 25 '13 at 7:30
Are you sure you mean hassling and not haggling ("Dispute or bargain persistently, esp. over the cost of something.")? – Kris Jun 25 '13 at 14:20
Assuming you truly meant "hassles" and not "haggles", "hassles" does not get a preposition - it stands alone: "A hassled B". Think of it like the words "shoved" or "provoked" . . .A shoved B because B provoked A. – Kristina Lopez Jun 26 '13 at 18:01
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Neither. Hassle can be a transitive verb, so you can just say A hassles B.

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A hassles with B is grammatical:

hassle v.intr. To argue or fight: customers hassling with merchants over high prices. (AHD)

(though this example arguably uses 'hassling' adjectivally;

in 'the customers were hassling with merchants over high prices', hassling is indisputably verbal.)

But I'd guess the transitive usage is more common (but it does have a different shade of meaning).

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-1 "customers hassling with merchants over high prices" seems to be the only instance of the phrase "customers hassling with" in the entire Google Search. This is apparently a mistaken use of hassling for haggling. See: books.google.com/ngrams/… – Kris Jun 25 '13 at 14:19
You'd better give the -1 to the AHD then. I was assuming they'd done their usual research before endorsing the usage. Oh, and Collins agree. Perhaps your research is more reliable? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 25 '13 at 16:14
Collins does label it as informal. Still, even though it may sound a bit unnatural to those who haven't heard it before, there it is. Maybe customers hassling with is rare because most businessfolks follow the adage that the customer is always right. ;^) Nice piece of research. P.S. "Lucas was tired of hassling with someone he both loved and hated." (from a 1999 biography of George Lucas) – J.R. Jun 26 '13 at 1:54

Neither. A hassles B or A is hassling B.

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