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what's eating you

Also, what's bugging you. What is annoying or bothering you? For example, We've conceded just about every point, so what's eating you now? or You're in a terrible mood-what's bugging you? The first slangy term, dating from the late 1800s, presumably uses eat in the sense of "consume"; the colloquial variant, from about 1940, uses bug in the sense of "annoy." Also see what's with.
See also: eating
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Belanger's take on what's going on in town); Clear the Air (debunking or clarifying rumors); What's Bugging You (offering the opinions of callers); and It's Your Money (about the budget).
WHEN you've had an argument it can be difficult to express what's bugging you.
I expect what's bugging you is he isn't showing the sensitive side of his nature that attracted you in the first place.
But you really have to sit her down and explain what's bugging you.
Get your mind off what's bugging you, and one of two things will happen: 1) You'll forget all about what's worrying you, or 2) when you get back to thinking about it, you'll feel refreshed and can better deal with figuring out a solution.
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