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agonize (oneself) over

To worry excessively, especially about a decision or past action. Please stop agonizing yourself over this decision. It won't really matter which one you choose. There's no need to agonize over what you said to him. He probably doesn't even remember.
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agonize (oneself) over someone or something

to fret or anguish about someone or something. Now, now, don't agonize yourself over the situation. Time cures all.
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Although the decision to fire him agonized Giles, eventually he realized he would never be able to turn the vice president into a team player.
In recent months, Britain has agonized over the massacre of 16 schoolchildren and their teacher in Dunblane, and the fatal stabbings of 12-year-old Nikki Conroy in her classroom and of London headmaster Philip Lawrence by a pupil.
By contrast, Nelson, who does not doubt her upper-middle-class family's achievements, agonized for years over whether such success was an "authentic Negro experience" or one comparable to the reality of life many African-Americans - particularly the poor - experience.
Over the years QuickBooks managers have agonized over the management of key transactions within their daily business operations," explains Benjamin Chou, President of Personable.
Denaker's fully voiced performance is outstanding as she voices the agonized Charlotte, the compliant Willow, the fanatic Spencer, the sonorous John, the strong grandmother Nan, the flirtatious Catherine and the sensitive Sarah as they change and accept the tragedy.
Smith said he agonized over the issue but blamed Hillcrest administrators for cutting off negotiations.
Oh No (all works 2000) is built up around shots of a young woman's face as she variously grunts, moans, shrieks, or murmurs the phrase that gives the work its title, intercut with views of (presumably her own) bare legs and feet as she walks on the necks and bodies of a series of electric guitars lying on the floor and with close-ups of the instruments themselves--all accompanied by the agonized sounds of scru nching guitar strings.
We have agonized for months over this decision and considered many options to keep this facility operating, including the installation of a cogeneration plant," said Larry Farmer, president of ATOFINA Portland.