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worrywart

informal Someone who is excessively, compulsively, or needlessly worrisome or fretful. Sometimes spelled as two words. That's the last time I go backpacking with John. He was just an insufferable worrywart for the whole trip! I know I seem like a worry wart about this proposal, but we must be absolutely sure that everything is done to the letter of the law.
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worrywart

someone who worries all the time. Don't be such a worrywart. I'm sorry I'm such a worrywart.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

worry wart

n. someone who worries all the time. Don’t be such a worry wart.
See also: wart, worry
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

worry wart

A person who agonizes unduly, anticipating failure or disaster or other misfortune. This slangy term, also spelled worrywart, dates from about 1930. For example, “‘So who’s alarmed?’ I asked. . . . ‘You were, Mr. Worrywart. You saw the Health truck outside and what did you think? Sickness’” (James Patterson, London Bridges, 2004). See also nervous Nellie.
See also: wart, worry
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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