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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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Blair weakly replied that "he doesn't think that as a legislator he should use the criminal law to outlaw decisions of agonizing complexity for women."
Still, doctors say, a little unpleasantness beats risking an untimely, agonizing death.
This is not to say that senators didn't dig deep into their own souls, agonizing over what Robert Byrd, for one, called the most important vote of his 39-year congressional career.
The stories of ordinary Chinese women who contacted Xinran's call-in radio show are agonizing. Their honesty makes them all the more amazing coming from a tightly controlled society.
Some, like Antony and Brutus, never relinquish their desires or their mistaken beliefs in an integral, unified self, and therefore die agonizing and unenlightened deaths.
Such enthusiasm for an exercise that was botched from the beginning, that ended in a horrible blood-bath, and the continues to pose agonizing questions, connotes one thing that ought to dismay all of us: We have allowed our national zeal for "law and order" to carry us beyond all bounds of reason.
Because the technique involves embryos that have not yet been implanted in the mother's womb, they write, couples may avoid the agonizing decision of whether to abort an affected fetus.
While conflicts in Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere were agonizing for those who endured them, they were held in check by the superpowers, who didn't let them threaten the ruin of civilization.
Each version is captivating, yet the unabridged edition is sometimes weighed down with minutia in the depiction of each agonizing step.
(A third alternative, not to write the book at all but to undertake a private investigation w satisfy his own legitimate curiosity, seems never to have occurred to him.) Judging from the muddled result, Bernstein, after much agonizing, finally chose to protect his parents and leave his readers out in the cold.
Each version is captivating, yet the unabridged edition is sometimes weighed down with minutia in the depiction of each agonizing step, to the point where inattentive listeners may lose the thread of thought from beginning to end of a segment.
Is this going to leave us with future Meeses and Hartkes and Laxalts agonizing about the meaning of old wealth?
The last two years have been one of the most agonizing, contentious, and fast-moving periods in modern American history.
The neighborhood is just as bewildered, because Katz's training of Devon is slow and agonizing. He breaks into expletives, screams at the dog, and even hits him.