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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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1848), for instance, looks out broodingly at the reader, her sullen eyes and frowning mouth completing the "darkening" of the heroine's character that begins with her long hair and gown (see figure 4).
After Lestingois has stepped in to protect Anne-Marie from Boudu's lusty horseplay and sent him off to the barbers, he returns to the front room piano and broodingly picks out the melody of "Les Fleurs du Jardin".
Oswald is broodingly self-aware and at the centre of his own drama of changing response.
Un Beau Tenebreux's plot consists of a group's fascination with Allan, a broodingly handsome man who toys with the idea of suicide, and who later signs a suicide pact with Dolores, the novel's femme fatale.
Eminem is a media magnet whose broodingly bleak beginnings include being born just outside of Kansas City, Mo., growing up there and in a mostly black Detroit neighborhood in a poor, single-parent home.
And since the material is focalized through a single consciousness, a jealous husband, we are clearly meant to understand that there is a specific situation: he watches broodingly, obsessively, unsure how to proceed, perhaps unable to, as his wife and their neighbor Franck seemingly conduct a love affair.
Broodingly sexual in a way that is most often associated with the warrior's violent lifestyle, Fishburne's Othello is most evocative of a cultural figuration of the American black male in the 1990s.
But what Zomosa did have was an intensely male stage presence; he was tall and muscular with a craggy face that was broodingly, distinctively handsome.
There also have been less resolute and more broodingly meditative facets of Starzl that we discerned-intimations of his inner closeness to questions about the human condition, conveyed through some of the beautifully crafted, evocative phrases in even his most technical writing, and what seemed to us to be a shy, awkward, rather haunted spiritual self that he kept hidden from public view.
The poet Longfellow that commanded most public attention in his time--and the one who tends to live in public memory in ours--is not the most resonant, not the Longfellow of "Nature" or of the broodingly beautiful "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" (1858), say, or of the unromanticized, dignified Civil War poem "Killed at the Ford" (1867).
Undaunted, they persisted with "Devil You Know", a broodingly, dark intimate drama starring Lena Olin, Rosamund Pike and Jennifer Lawrence (2013).
This broodingly dark film tells the real-life story of family man and stone cold contract killer Richard Kuklinski, impressively played by Shannon.
From the broodingly anguished first movement (so like Shostakovich) and blisteringly exciting, demonic Dies irae scherzo, to a finale in which all tensions were released in its consolatory fulfilment, this was a fully formed and terrifically well executed reading.
Jean Rochefort exudes a quiet dignity as the bookish Manesquier, but it's Gallic pop star Johnny Halliday as the bad boy whose lifestyle he secretly covets who broodingly steals the show.