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what, me worry

Said to emphasize one's calm, perhaps cavalier, attitude. The phrase is most often associated with Mad magazine and its cartoon cover boy Alfred E. Neuman. A: "I can't believe you're so unconcerned with all the problems in the world today." B: "What, me worry?"
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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

Don't worry (about a thing).

Do not become anxious about something.;Everything will be all right. "Don't worry, Fred,"comforted Bill, "everything will be all right." Bill:I think I left the car windows open. Sue: Don't worry, I closed them. "Don't worry about a thing," the tax collector had said. "We'll take care of everything." Or was it "We'll take everything? "
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Don't worry your (pretty little) head about it.

Rur. Do not worry about it. (Said condescendingly, and can cause offense.) Mary: How are you going to get another job if you don't start looking for one? Tom: Now don't worry your pretty little head about it. Just leave it to me. Tom: What are we going to do if we can't find an apartment? Sally: Don't worry your head about it. We 'll find one, one way or another.
See also: head, worry

It is not work that kills, but worry.

Prov. Working hard will not hurt you, but worrying too much is bad for your health. Nancy: You've been working so many hours every day, I'm afraid you'll get sick. Bill: It's not work that kills, but worry.
See also: but, not, work, worry

Not to worry.

Inf. Please do not worry. Bill: The rain is going to soak all our clothes. Tom: Not to worry, I put them all in plastic bags. Sue: I think we're about to run out of money. Bill: Not to worry. I have some more travelers checks.
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(that causes) no problem

That will not cause a problem for me or anyone else. (No problem is informal.) Mary: Do you mind waiting for just a little while? Bob: No problem. Sue: Does this block your light? Can you still read? Jane: That causes no problem.
See also: problem

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

worry about someone or something

to fret or be anxious about the welfare of someone or something. Please don't worry about me. I'll be all right. Don't worry about the bill. I'll pay it.
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worry an animal out of something

to pester an animal until it leaves something or some place. The cat finally worried the mouse out of its hole and caught it. We worried the squirrel out of the attic by making lots of noise.
See also: animal, of, out, worry

worry oneself about someone or something

to allow oneself to fret or become anxious about someone or something. Please don't worry yourself about me. I'll be all right. There is no need for Karen to worry herself about this.
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worry over someone or something

to fret or be anxious about someone or something. She worried over dinner, but it came out all right. Jerry is worried over his daughter, Alice.
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worry something out of someone

to annoy some information out of someone. They finally worried the correct number out of me. You can't worry the information out of her. It will require force.
See also: of, out, worry

worry through something

to think and fret through a problem. I can't talk to you now. I have to worry through this tax problem. We worried through the financial problem over a three-day period.
See also: through, worry

no problem

(spoken)
1. I can easily do what you have asked You can just call and say “I need a babysitter tonight” and we'll send one out, no problem.
2. I am not upset by this “I'm sorry, but we need to go home now.” “No problem.”
3. I was happy to do it you're welcome “I put some lettuce and tomato on the sandwich.” “Oh, thank you.” “No problem.”
Usage notes: usually said in answer to thank you
See also: problem

not to worry

there is no problem He lost his wallet, but not to worry - he's already called the credit-card companies.
See also: not, worry

be worried sick

to be extremely worried (often + about ) Why didn't you call me when you knew you were going to be late? I was worried sick about you!
See also: sick, worry

no problem

1. Also, no sweat; not to worry. There's no difficulty about this, don't concern yourself. For example, Of course I can change your tire-no problem, or You want more small change? no sweat, or We'll be there in plenty of time, not to worry. The first of these colloquial terms dates from about 1960 and the second from about 1950. The third, originating in Britain in the 1930s and using not to with the sense of "don't," crossed the Atlantic in the 1970s.
2. You're welcome, as in Thanks for the ride, Dad.-No problem. [Late 1900s]
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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

No problem

1. and No prob and NP phr. All is well.; There is no problem, so don’t worry or fret. (Often said after someone else says I’m sorry.) No problem. I can do it easily. A: Gee! I’m sorry! B: No prob.
2. phr. you are welcome. (Sometimes said after someone else says thank you.) A: Thanks a lot. B: No problem.
See also: problem

Not to worry

phr. Don’t worry. You lost your ticket? Not to worry. I’ll give you mine.
See also: not, worry

worry wart

n. someone who worries all the time. Don’t be such a worry wart.
See also: wart, worry

no problem

1. Used to express confirmation of or compliance with a request.
2. Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
See also: problem

not to worry

Informal
There is nothing to worry about; there is no need to be concerned: "But not to worry: it all ... falls into place in the book's second half, where the language is plainer" (Hallowell Bowser).
See also: not, worry
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