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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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We follow her as she agonizingly leaves her bleeding lover and walks four miles to a road, where she flags down a passing car with a flashlight.
However, they are agonizingly slow to get in touch with students with whom they're initially impressed.
In Words of Promise, coverage of the source of the Negro anthem "Lift E'vry Voice and Sing" captures the agonizingly small advances of black writers in the Jim Crow era.
In these, single figures (or occasionally small groups) captured in midmovement or at the climax of a pose appear isolated and luminous, spotlighted in pitch-dark surroundings: A man spins the wheels of a bicycle as it seems to climb an invisible 6o-degree hill; another hangs agonizingly upside down from a pole; a third, elderly man focuses every ounce of his attention on a ball he's juggling (all works untitled).
Now that primary market is three days away, via an agonizingly slow and robbery-prone train ride.
The author and Ian, and sometimes she alone, are taken on impromptu trips and spend days with people whose sense of time is agonizingly different from theirs.
As the process continues, her exertion is documented by audible groans, and the action becomes agonizingly slow.