Nagging – complaining in an annoying way

When we nag we complain about someone’s behaviour in an annoying way. You probably want to avoid nagging if you can. Here’s an example of how me might use this word in English:

Oh, your desk’s a mess. Aren’t you going to put that in the bin?
Oh yeah.
Why don’t you tidy these papers and wash those glasses up?
Oh stop nagging.
I’m not nagging. I just thought you’d want to clear up before Kathy comes.
Kathy’s coming here?
Yes, did I forget to tell you?
Good morning. Oh Jay, your desk’s a mess!
Sorry Kathy.

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