One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘thoughts of his own mortality obsessed him’
preoccupy, be uppermost in someone's mind, prey on someone's mind, prey on, possess, haunt, consume, plague, torment, hound, bedevil, take control of, take over, become an obsession with, have a hold on, engross, eat up, have a grip on, grip, dominate, rule, control, beset, monopolize
‘she's obsessed with him’
be fixated, be preoccupied, be infatuated, be possessed, be haunted, be consumed, be plagued, be tormented, be bedevilled, be eaten up, be gripped, be in the grip of, be dominated, be beset
be hung up about, be hung up on, have a thing about, have someone on the brain, have something on the brain, have a bee in one's bonnet
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