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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?"
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? "
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. I can easily do what you have asked You can just call and say â€œI need a babysitter tonightâ€ and we'll send one out, no problem.
2. I am not upset by this â€œI'm sorry, but we need to go home now.â€ â€œNo problem.â€
3. I was happy to do it you're welcome â€œI put some lettuce and tomato on the sandwich.â€ â€œOh, thank you.â€ â€œNo problem.â€
Usage notes: usually said in answer to thank you
not to worry
there is no problem He lost his wallet, but not to worry - he's already called the credit-card companies.
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!
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]
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.
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.
Not to worry
phr. Don’t worry. You lost your ticket? Not to worry. I’ll give you mine.
n. someone who worries all the time. Don’t be such a worry wart.
1. Used to express confirmation of or compliance with a request.
2. Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
not to worryInformal
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).