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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 on (someone or something)

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

To worry, fret, or obsess over someone or something. Quit brooding over that fight you had with your girlfriend and just talk to her already! Recent financial losses have the boss brooding over the future of our small company.
See also: brood, over
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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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For example, it has been recorded that a brood containing six chicks received around 325 visits per day from the parent birds whereas a brood containing 11 chicks, was visited 597 times!
Terminal sinking velocity ([U.sub.T]) was also estimated to quantify the effect of morphological differences between broods (Table 1), by setting buoyant and drag force equations equal to each other and numerically solving for [U.sub.T].
Brood survival was similar in relation to age ([[chi square].sub.1] = 0.27, p = 0.610) and year ([[chi square].sub.3] = 0.20, p = 0.892), with seven females rearing broods (28%) from 25 hatched nests.
Brood parasites directly affect the fitness of the host, typically by killing or competing with the host's offspring, thus directing resources away from reproductive success of the host [1-5].
Seven of the females involved in the reciprocal experiment had not been captured and sampled but were known to have remained paired to the same male in both treatments because the same nonpaternal alleles were present at all three loci in successive broods. Nestlings were categorized as having resulted from an EPC if they mismatched their social father at two or more loci.
The 11 clutches in a second group--which may have included late first broods, second attempts after an earlier failure, or second broods--were initiated between 3 and 14 July (median 9 July).
Brood II, like most other broods, mixes splinter populations of all three original groups, even though they don't breed with each other.
Though Brood II won't be doing any sightseeing in New York City, they're singing, flying, mating and dying all throughout New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and other places not dominated by the concrete jungle.
"The Brood II emergence has begun!" cheered the site cicadamania.com on Monday, where the subculture of insect fans can record sightings.
The periodical cicada Brood XIX emerged during May and June 2011 in southernmost Posey County, bringing to five the number of established broods in Indiana.
Of the 17 infected, 11 had no developing brood and only 6 females had developing broods (Fig.
Three times this year the parents tirelessly raised broods of brothers and sisters only to see them brutally murdered within days of leaving the nest.
Last year two broods of barn owl youngsters died at John Wilson's Whitelee farm near Byrness, north of Otterburn.