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worried sick

Very concerned or anxious about a person or situation. The next time you're going to be this late getting home, please call me, because I was worried sick! Your father is worried sick about what this merger will mean for his job.
See also: sick, worry

worried sick (about someone or something)

very worried or anxious about someone or something. Oh, thank heavens you are all right. We were worried sick about you!
See also: sick, worry

worried sick

Also, worried to death. Extremely anxious, as in Her parents were worried sick when she didn't come home all night, or We've been worried to death about the drop in the stock market. These somewhat hyperbolic phrases (one could conceivably feel ill from worrying but would hardly die from it) date from the second half of the 1800s.
See also: sick, worry

worried sick

so anxious as to make yourself ill.
See also: sick, worry

be worried ˈsick


be sick with ˈworry

be extremely worried: Where have you been? I’ve been worried sick about you.
See also: sick, worry
References in classic literature ?
He sometimes takes the great Folio whales by the lip, and hangs there like a leech, till the mighty brute is worried to death.
Duterte is now worried to death by his own fear that anti-Duterte officers within his own army and police are inclined to act in the name of the people and unite with the broad opposition and mass movement in order to end the Duterte regime in the same manner that the Marcos and Estrada regimes were ended,' Sison said.
We are absolutely worried to death about him and just want him to reach out and let us know that he is okay.
I'm worried to death about the news that smoking this drug can lead to mental illness.
His mother Maureen Sykes said: "I'm worried to death.
The families of the female captives are sleepless and worried to death.
She said: "Frank was worried to death just looking out the window.
I was just worried to death, but the instructor assured us that she was just fine," (http://www.
Unlike some of the others who played with a smile on their face he looked worried to death, while the all-Welsh back-row of Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau, as you would expect, demonstrated a nice balance.
We're collecting it four days before the gala which is tight so I am worried to death in case it won't be ready on time.
Last night I'm getting phone calls from players worried to death about paying their bills and it's the same in any job that minds could be elsewhere.
Now I am worried to death, as I have not had any word from him for a fortnight.
There are millions of American parents worried to death that their children might fall behind somebody else's kid.