trouble (someone or oneself) with (someone or something)

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trouble (someone or oneself) with (someone or something)

1. To bother or inconvenience someone with something, such as a problem, question, or task. There's no need to trouble the boss with this—the project manager should be able to help you resolve it. Excuse me, could I trouble you with a couple of questions for my school paper?
2. To concern oneself with or worry about someone or something. Often used in negative constructions. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is always used. It's just a minor technical error that should resolve itself—don't trouble yourself with it. I know I need to stop troubling myself with such negative people, but I can't help letting their comments get to me.
3. To burden or inconvenience oneself with the undertaking of some task. Often used in negative constructions. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is always used. Don't trouble yourself with cutting the lawn, Jeremy, I can do that another time. He couldn't trouble himself with backing up his files, and now he's lost all of his work.
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trouble someone with something

to bother someone with something, such as a question or a problem. I hate to trouble you with this, but could you help me adjust my binoculars? Don't trouble yourself with this matter.
See also: trouble
References in classic literature ?
But as I was crowded for space, and wished the other parts of my body to remain a blank page for a poem I was then composing --at least, what untattooed parts might remain --I did not trouble myself with the odd inches; nor, indeed, should inches at all enter into a congenial admeasurement of the whale.
It was a sordid business, and I was not inclined to trouble myself with it further.
And as for persuasion, I assure you I shan't trouble myself with that: I've enough to do to bear with him as he is, without attempting to work a reform.
Whatever people's perceptions of me are - or aren't - I can't trouble myself with that because I have to take care of my family.
I probably wasn't going to trouble myself with it anyway.
(At the same time, the instances of Douglas Hyde's writing made me feel that I need never trouble myself with his work again.)
"I don't like precise detail, I like the impression only," Tossoonian says, "distortions in the physical form are not forced, yet I do not trouble myself with the precise anatomical detail.
One race I suspect I won't have to trouble myself with, however, is the Derby, which seems destined not to come under orders following a string of setbacks that are beginning to seem like more than just coincidence.
Normally, I wouldn't trouble myself with Jo Brand's bowel movements.(Who would?).
Everybody is individual so I don't trouble myself with what others are doing.