have (something) hanging over (one's) head

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have (something) hanging over (one's) head

To be constantly worried, anxious, or stressed about someone one must do. Why don't you just write the paper now, rather than have it hanging over your head all weekend? Ever since I lost my job, I have the mortgage payment hanging over my head each month.
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have something hanging over one's head

Fig. to have something bothering or worrying one; to have a deadline worrying one. I keep worrying about my old car breaking down. I hate to have something like that hanging over my head. I have a history paper that is hanging over my head.
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