bother (one's) (pretty little) head about (something)

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bother (one's) (pretty little) head about (something)

To worry or concern oneself with something. Often used in the negative to encourage someone not to worry. When the adjectives "pretty little" are used before "head," the phrase can become patronizing or derisive. I think this issue will resolve itself quickly, so I'm not going to bother my head about it. Oh, don't you bother your pretty little head about the chaos in the kitchen—go back to watching TV.
See also: bother, head

bother one's (pretty little) head about someone or something

Rur. to worry about something. (Stereotypically polite Southern talk to a woman; often said facetiously or patronizingly.) Now, don't bother your pretty little head about all this. Don't bother your head about me.
See also: bother, head
References in classic literature ?
The fellow went gravely about trying to "account to himself"--his favourite expression--for a lot of things no one would care to bother one's head about.