worry about (someone or something)(redirected from worried themselves about)
worry about (someone or something)
1. To feel uneasy, anxious, or fretful about someone or something. There's no point worrying about how you did on the test. It's over now! I can't help but worry about Jonathan. He seems so lost lately. A: "How will we ever get this stuff through customs?" B: "Let me worry about that."
2. To cause someone or oneself to feel uneasy, anxious, or fretful about someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "worry" and "about." We don't want to worry our parents about us during our trip. The more she explained the situation, the more she started worrying me about the viability of the project. You shouldn't worry yourself about such minor issues.
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worry about someone or something
to fret or be anxious about the welfare of someone or something. Please don't worry about me. I'll be all right. Don't worry about the bill. I'll pay it.
worry oneself about someone or something
to allow oneself to fret or become anxious about someone or something. Please don't worry yourself about me. I'll be all right. There is no need for Karen to worry herself about this.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.