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brood over

To worry anxiously or be despondent about something or someone, especially at great length and in isolation. I know you're upset about failing your exam, but don't brood over it all weekend. Tom's been brooding over our financial situation ever since he got laid off last month.
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brood about (someone or something)

To worry, fret, or obsess over someone or something. Quit brooding about that fight you had with your girlfriend and just talk to her already! Recent financial losses have the boss brooding about the future of our small company.
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brood about someone or something

 and brood on someone or something; brood over someone or something
to fret or be depressed about someone or something. Please don't brood about Albert. He is no good for you. There's no need to brood on Jeff. He can take care of himself.
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sanguineus that were brooding eggs were also observed mating.
coop in the evenings (except the OEG bantam hen brooding her natural well protected and hidden nest on a storage shelf behind a door.
You must wonder whether Breton crime levels deserve so brooding a vision of Nemesis (locals complain on entering that they are already in prison).
Thus, our objectives were to quantify patterns of incubation and brooding behavior (e.
Males brood embryos in a pouch near their tails, but not all embryos survive the brooding period.
However, researchers have observed that some embryos disappear during the brooding process.
ABSTRACT Brooding pattern and fertility of the puelche oyster (Ostrea puelchana) were investigated in a native population from the San Matias Gulf (40[degrees]48'S; 65[degrees]05'W, Northern Patagonia, Argentina).
the take-no-guff barkeep and the brooding, smoldering musician.
Of these, the most important to her emotionally (novel to see a romance in a Barney film) is the Magician, a black-cloaked man seen brooding, brooding, on the Danube bridge - the Lanc-hid or Chain Bridge - before manacling himself a la Houdini with internally-lubricated-plastic chain and diving into the waters.
Bunkered into a street in suburban Amersfoort, this modern villa reinterprets the form of an urban patio house to create a brooding, potent presence in the Dutch landscape.
The Edge Moor hatchery is similar to a Rockfish brooding pond built on the grounds of the company's Vienna, Md.
When nestlings are very young, it is possible that brooding may be mistaken for incubation when observers are viewing from the ground.
That a male dinosaur may have been fossilized in a brooding position ("Dinosaur dads as caretakers," SN: 1/17/09, p.
However, brooding oyster larvae are often kept in interlamellar spaces or brood sacs and are immobile (Mackie 1984, Tankersley & Dimock 1992).