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what, me worry

Said to emphasize one's calm, perhaps cavalier, attitude. The phrase is most often associated with Mad magazine and its cartoon cover boy Alfred E. Neuman. A: "I can't believe you're so unconcerned with all the problems in the world today." B: "What, me worry?"
See also: worry

worried sick

Very concerned or anxious about a person or situation. The next time you're going to be this late getting home, please call me, because I was worried sick! Your father is worried sick about what this merger will mean for his job.
See also: sick, worry

don't worry (about a thing)

Don't stress about a particular thing or situation. Don't worry about a thing, Mrs. Jones—Maia and I will have a fine time playing dress-up while you and your husband are at the movies.
See also: worry

don't worry your (pretty little) head about it

Don't stress about a particular thing or situation. This phrase is usually conveys annoyance or condescension. Oh, don't worry your pretty little head about it—I'll just cook dinner like I always do.
See also: head, worry

no problem

1. That is not a problem; don't worry about it. A: "It looks like the file was deleted when the computer crashed." B: "No problem, there should be a backup copy."
2. I would be happy to. A: "Would you mind emptying the dishwasher for me?" B: "Sure, no problem."
See also: no, problem

no worries

1. That is not a problem; don't worry about it. A: "It looks like the file was deleted when the computer crashed." B: "No worries, there should be a backup copy
2. I would be happy to. A: "Would you mind emptying the dishwasher for me?" B: "Sure, no worries."
See also: no, worry

not to worry

1. That is not a problem; don't worry about it. A: "It looks like the file was deleted when the computer crashed." B: "No to worry, there should be a backup copy
2. I would be happy to. A: "Would you mind emptying the dishwasher for me?" B: "Sure, not to worry."
See also: not, worry

you had me worried

I was momentarily shocked or nervous because I did not fully understand what you said. Oh, you had me worried there. I thought you were about to propose to me for a minute!
See also: worry

you should worry!

There's absolutely no reason for you to be worried. A: "I just feel like I could get fired at any moment." B: "You should worry! The boss just gave you a promotion, why would he turn around and fire you?"
See also: should

Don't worry (about a thing).

Do not become anxious about something.;Everything will be all right. "Don't worry, Fred,"comforted Bill, "everything will be all right." Bill:I think I left the car windows open. Sue: Don't worry, I closed them. "Don't worry about a thing," the tax collector had said. "We'll take care of everything." Or was it "We'll take everything? "
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Don't worry your (pretty little) head about it.

Rur. Do not worry about it. (Said condescendingly, and can cause offense.) Mary: How are you going to get another job if you don't start looking for one? Tom: Now don't worry your pretty little head about it. Just leave it to me. Tom: What are we going to do if we can't find an apartment? Sally: Don't worry your head about it. We 'll find one, one way or another.
See also: head, worry

It is not work that kills, but worry.

Prov. Working hard will not hurt you, but worrying too much is bad for your health. Nancy: You've been working so many hours every day, I'm afraid you'll get sick. Bill: It's not work that kills, but worry.
See also: but, not, that, work, worry

Not to worry.

Inf. Please do not worry. Bill: The rain is going to soak all our clothes. Tom: Not to worry, I put them all in plastic bags. Sue: I think we're about to run out of money. Bill: Not to worry. I have some more travelers checks.
See also: not, worry

(that causes) no problem

That will not cause a problem for me or anyone else. (No problem is informal.) Mary: Do you mind waiting for just a little while? Bob: No problem. Sue: Does this block your light? Can you still read? Jane: That causes no problem.
See also: no, problem

worried sick (about someone or something)

very worried or anxious about someone or something. Oh, thank heavens you are all right. We were worried sick about you!
See also: sick, worry

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.
See also: worry

worry an animal out of something

to pester an animal until it leaves something or some place. The cat finally worried the mouse out of its hole and caught it. We worried the squirrel out of the attic by making lots of noise.
See also: animal, of, out, worry

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.
See also: worry

worry over someone or something

to fret or be anxious about someone or something. She worried over dinner, but it came out all right. Jerry is worried over his daughter, Alice.
See also: over, worry

worry something out of someone

to annoy some information out of someone. They finally worried the correct number out of me. You can't worry the information out of her. It will require force.
See also: of, out, worry

worry through something

to think and fret through a problem. I can't talk to you now. I have to worry through this tax problem. We worried through the financial problem over a three-day period.
See also: through, worry

no problem

1. Also, no sweat; not to worry. There's no difficulty about this, don't concern yourself. For example, Of course I can change your tire-no problem, or You want more small change? no sweat, or We'll be there in plenty of time, not to worry. The first of these colloquial terms dates from about 1960 and the second from about 1950. The third, originating in Britain in the 1930s and using not to with the sense of "don't," crossed the Atlantic in the 1970s.
2. You're welcome, as in Thanks for the ride, Dad.-No problem. [Late 1900s]
See also: no, problem

worried sick

Also, worried to death. Extremely anxious, as in Her parents were worried sick when she didn't come home all night, or We've been worried to death about the drop in the stock market. These somewhat hyperbolic phrases (one could conceivably feel ill from worrying but would hardly die from it) date from the second half of the 1800s.
See also: sick, worry

no worries

COMMON People say no worries to mean that something will not be difficult for them, or to say to someone who has apologized that they do not mind what they have done. I can handle the production side of things, no worries. `Could you help me with these bags?' — `Sure, no worries.' `Sorry I spilled your drink.' — `No worries, there's plenty more.'
See also: no, worry

no worries

all right; fine. informal
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no problem

used to express agreement or acquiescence.
See also: no, problem

worried sick

so anxious as to make yourself ill.
See also: sick, worry

not to worry

used to reassure someone by telling them that a situation is not serious.
See also: not, worry

no ˈproblem

(spoken, informal)
1 (also not a ˈproblem) used for saying that you can do something or are happy to do something for somebody: ‘Can you be here at 7.30 tomorrow morning?’ ‘No problem.’
2 used after somebody has thanked you or said they are sorry for something: ‘Thanks for the ride.’ ‘No problem.’
See also: no, problem

be worried ˈsick

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be sick with ˈworry

be extremely worried: Where have you been? I’ve been worried sick about you.
See also: sick, worry

you had me ˈworried

(spoken) used to tell somebody that you were worried because you did not understand what they said correctly: You had me worried for a moment — I thought you were going to resign!
See also: worry

ˈno worries!

(especially AustralE, informal) it’s not a problem; it’s all right (often used as a reply when somebody thanks you for something): ‘Could you help me with this?’ ‘Sure, no worries.’
See also: no

ˌnot to ˈworry

(informal, especially British English) it is not important; it does not matter: ‘Oh, damn! We’ve missed the train!’ ‘Not to worry. There’ll be another one in five minutes.’
See also: not, worry

ˈyou should worry!

(informal) used for telling somebody that they have no need to worry: You think you’re going to fail the exam! You should worry! You’re the best in the class.
See also: should

No problem

1. and No prob and NP phr. All is well.; There is no problem, so don’t worry or fret. (Often said after someone else says I’m sorry.) No problem. I can do it easily. A: Gee! I’m sorry! B: No prob.
2. phr. you are welcome. (Sometimes said after someone else says thank you.) A: Thanks a lot. B: No problem.
See also: no, problem

Not to worry

phr. Don’t worry. You lost your ticket? Not to worry. I’ll give you mine.
See also: not, worry

worry wart

n. someone who worries all the time. Don’t be such a worry wart.
See also: wart, worry

no problem

1. Used to express confirmation of or compliance with a request.
2. Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
See also: no, problem

not to worry

Informal
There is nothing to worry about; there is no need to be concerned: "But not to worry: it all ... falls into place in the book's second half, where the language is plainer" (Hallowell Bowser).
See also: not, worry
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There is a good chance that counseling and/or medications can help you put your worries behind you so you can enjoy a better night's sleep.
Financial worries are also substantially greater among Americans who say they don't have enough money to live comfortably than those who feel they do have enough.
Worries are like obsessions in this sense: worriers treat their thoughts like they already are facts.
With many very old people facing diminishing physical and social resources, as well as uncertain futures because of advanced age, it would seem that they could have many things to worry about, but it is unclear what their worries are, what specifically contributes to them, and if these worries increase with advancing age.
Worry is considered a cognitive component of anxiety, (16-17) and the number, intensity, and frequency of worries predict anxiety on child self-report scales.
He also worries about religious leaders taking over political parties, or about a major political party becoming sectarian.
The World Cup only comes around every four years, though, and with the Korean squad playing well, its fanatical fans have put aside worries of war for the beautiful game.
In a random sample of 937 adults, 13% (123) reported at least 1 month of worry about serious illness in the past 12 months; also included in the study were 123 adult controls who reported no health-related worries (Psychosomatics 2005;46:529-39).
They studied 123 adults aged 18-65 who reported at least 1 month of worry about serious illness in the past 12 months and 123 adult controls who reported no health-related worries.
It would tell where it lived (under the bed), when it was most active (deep at night), and what the "Worry" worries about.
is a picturebook for children that combines whimsical artwork with honest and practical advice for dealing with worries--from everyday worries about bullies and the first day of school to not-so-common worries such as a rhino wandering the neighborhood
Brown, furry creatures called Worries are the stars of a popular advertising campaign in New Zealand.
The worries & wishes of 14 -19 years-old adolescents of Abadeh, Bavanat & Khorambid cities in the north of Fars province are investigated in this research.
THE SECRET IS LEARNING TO PUT LIFE'S LITTLE WORRIES IN PERSPECTIVE.
Several researchers have gone straight to the source, however, surveying adolescents and children about salient worries (Antilla, Poikolainen, Uutela, & Lonnqvist, 2000; Boehm, Schondel, Marlowe, & Manke-Mitchell, 1999; Gallagher & Millar, 1996; Millar & Gallagher, 1996; Silverman, La Greca, & Wasserstein, 1995).