worried sick

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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
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.
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.
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.
The man was elderly and looked worn and worried to death, plainly at the end of his tether.
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.
But there are problems with that, because you-know-who is currently (a) bogged down militarily in Afghanistan, (b) still in Iraq, (c) worried to death and militarily involved in Pakistan and (d) hovering over the treat of Iran's nuclear ambitions as if the military option is still prominent.
The things I've worried to death about are the things I'm not so proud of.