bother (one's) (pretty little) head about (something)

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bother (one's) (pretty little) head about (something)

To worry or concern oneself with something. Often used in the negative to encourage someone not to worry. When the adjectives "pretty little" are used before "head," the phrase can become patronizing or derisive. I think this issue will resolve itself quickly, so I'm not going to bother my head about it. Oh, don't you bother your pretty little head about the chaos in the kitchen—go back to watching TV.
See also: bother, head

bother one's (pretty little) head about someone or something

Rur. to worry about something. (Stereotypically polite Southern talk to a woman; often said facetiously or patronizingly.) Now, don't bother your pretty little head about all this. Don't bother your head about me.
See also: bother, head
References in classic literature ?
You are too young," he said, "to bother your head about these things yet Wait until you have gathered in a little philosophy with the years.
I don't believe you ever bother your head about keeping warm in winter and not getting your feet wet.
Lor' bless you, sir," said he, "I'm all right; don't you bother your head about ME.
Still, if you don't want to bother your head about such battle of the sexes niceties, Heather Burns is hilarious as the airhead but sweet Miss Rhode Island, William Shatner sends himself up as the pageant's clueless smarmy MC and Caine effortlessly steals everything with bemused waspish exasperation and the best one lliners.