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 ?
"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.
The right-wing politicians and anti-voter activists who appear to believe this never trouble themselves with the actual data.
A small quantity of the bean is sent annually to Spain; and there is a chocolate factory in Manila for the benefit of those that do not care to trouble themselves with either the growth of the fruit or the preparation of the kernel.
Their points in relation to other teams' points is an abstract they say they don't trouble themselves with. They just grab the points then hand them over to some club functionary to stash away safely in a safe at Hurworth, in the room where Holly the Hamster lives, never to be seen again, much less counted and measured.
SOMETIMES, when I read the results of scientific studies, I wonder if the people in lab coats who've doubtless spent hundreds of hours in research ever have time to trouble themselves with the real world.
But greenies don't trouble themselves with details, as long as they feel good.
Then TV pundits wouldn't need to trouble themselves with conversations about stuff that actually went on.
Street hit yellow-card trouble themselves with prop Neil Tatlow sent packing on the cusp of half-time and Freemantle following seven minutes into the second period.
Paul Lloyd | You would think they would have more important things to trouble themselves with...
Do you think these heroes trouble themselves with where they are going to have a wee?
Mr Prentice described the alibi as "contrived" and "obvious" and said the jury should not trouble themselves with it.
Fortunately, readers are not required to trouble themselves with the book's larger concern.
But why do Indian Muslims trouble themselves with PakistanAEs worries anyway?
There will be less time than ever for those rare politicians who trouble themselves with such things to get to grips with the nitty-gritty of the Finance Bill before the MPs are off for their long summer break.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of those taking the informal route fail to trouble themselves with any documented agreement to protect their interests.