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.
See also: trouble
References in classic literature ?
* It may not be amiss to remind the incredulous reader that a famous firm in the City accepted precisely the same security as that here accepted by Bulpit Brothers, with the same sublime indifference to troubling themselves by making any inquiry about it.
He would soon have been up with the hounds again, when the fatal accident happened; and hence he was between eager riders in advance, not troubling themselves about what happened behind them, and far-off stragglers, who were as likely as not to pass quite aloof from the line of road in which Wildfire had fallen.
Everyone will become busy with assessing scripts without troubling themselves with the search for realistic political solutions that can save us from what we have gotten ourselves into, or give us the strength with which we can face the enemies who covet what we have.
Both Clinton and Quayle insist on the importance of fatherhood, without troubling themselves overmuch about real-life fathers, who may or may not have much to offer single mothers and their children: Some men, after all, are violent, addicted, hostile, unfaithful, emotionally unavailable, unstable, unwilling to spend time or resources on the family.