trouble (someone or oneself) about (someone or something)

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trouble (someone or oneself) about (someone or something)

1. To bother or inconvenience someone with a question or request about someone or something. I'm sorry to trouble you about this again, but I need your help with a new problem that has cropped up. You should never worry about troubling your teachers or parents about someone who is bullying you in school.
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 about it. I know I need to stop troubling myself about such negative people, but I can't help letting their comments get to me.
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trouble someone about someone or something

to bother someone by asking about someone or something. Please don't trouble me about Larry. Can I trouble you about a billing problem?
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trouble oneself about someone or something

to worry oneself about someone or something. (Usually in the negative.) Please don't trouble yourself about me. I'm doing fine. I can't take time to trouble myself about this matter. Do it yourself.
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References in classic literature ?
"That is the truth," answered Don Quixote, "and there is no use in troubling oneself about these matters of enchantment or being angry or vexed at them, for as they are invisible and visionary we shall find no one on whom to avenge ourselves, do what we may; rise, Sancho, if thou canst, and call the alcaide of this fortress, and get him to give me a little oil, wine, salt, and rosemary to make the salutiferous balsam, for indeed I believe I have great need of it now, because I am losing much blood from the wound that phantom gave me."