bother about

bother about (someone or something)

1. To expend one's energy considering or addressing a particular person or issue. Often used in the negative to convey the opposite. Oh, don't bother about that commotion—things are always falling off the shelves in our basement. The teacher never bothered about those of us in the back of class, knowing we'd just flunk the tests if we weren't paying attention.
2. To disturb or irritate someone by involving them in a particular issue. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "bother" and "about." He needs to stop bothering me about his issues with computer system, because there's nothing I can do to fix the problem. I'm sorry to bother you about this, but I really need your approval on my financial report.
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bother about something

to care about something; to take the trouble to deal with something. Please don't bother about this mess. I'll clean it up. Don't bother about it.
See also: bother
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.
His books now were insignificant; he could not bother about them when there was something infinitely more important to occupy him.
Aynesworth, you needn't bother about these letters yourself, need you?