trouble (oneself) (to do something)

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trouble (oneself) (to do something)

To burden or inconvenience oneself with the undertaking of some task. Often used in negative constructions. Don't trouble yourself, Jeremy, I can cut the lawn myself another time. He couldn't trouble himself to make a backup of the computer, and now he's lost all of his work.
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trouble oneself (to do something)

to bother oneself to do something. He didn't even trouble himself to turn off the light when he left. No, thank you. I don't need any help. Please don't trouble yourself.
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References in classic literature ?
'Beg Mr Casby and his daughter not to trouble themselves, by deputy, about me.
Besides, there are a great many foolish men, vain, ignorant, and careless, who never trouble themselves to think; these spoil more horses than all, just for want of sense; they don't mean it, but they do it for all that.
They needn't trouble themselves! If only they knew how little I am concerned about any of them."
Those that knew him in his prosperity need never trouble themselves to look the other way.
If she respected the case as inviolable, the Germans would certainly not hesitate to examine it, and the Germans would hardly trouble themselves to write to England.
His uncle and aunt, seeing that he occupied himself and neither worried nor made a noise, ceased to trouble themselves about him.
Louisa and I are very fond of our cousin--but it's hopeless to expect people who are accustomed to the European courts to trouble themselves about our little republican distinctions.
Many ladies would speak to you much more strongly; and many would not trouble themselves to speak at all, but quietly look out for a substitute.
We might answer that men so strong-minded were above such anxieties-- that they did not trouble themselves about such trifles-- and that they had something else to do than to occupy their minds with the future.
"Well," I began, "as you may guess, generally speaking, elephant hunters are a rough set of men, who do not trouble themselves with much beyond the facts of life and the ways of Kafirs.
When the key is missed, if you say it doesn't matter--if you point out that the door is locked, and tell the servants not to trouble themselves about finding the key--there will be no disturbance in the house; and I shall be in secure possession of a means of communication with you which no one will suspect.
And, which is most of all, you shall have of them, that will suffer for atheism, and not recant; whereas if they did truly think, that there were no such thing as God, why should they trouble themselves? Epicurus is charged, that he did but dissemble for his credit's sake, when he affirmed there were blessed natures, but such as enjoyed themselves, without having respect to the government of the world.
You can whistle till you nearly burst your boiler before they will trouble themselves to hurry.
Many workmen, it is true, paid with their lives for the rashness inherent in these dangerous labors; but these mishaps are impossible to be avoided, and they are classed among the details with which the Americans trouble themselves but little.
I wish some people would trouble themselves only with what belongs to them; they would not, I believe, like to be served so, if it was their own case; for though I am a maid, I can easily believe as how all men are not equally agreeable.