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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
We have quite enough to please and interest us without troubling ourselves about that with which we have no concern." Then they all sat down, and drank to the health of the new comers.
Now, can we find justice without troubling ourselves about temperance?