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1‘she worries about his blood pressure’
fret, be worried, be concerned, be anxious, agonize, brood, dwell on, panic, get in a panic, lose sleep, get worked up, get in a fluster, get overwrought, be on tenterhooks
informal have butterflies in one's stomach, get stressed, get in a flap, get in a state, get in a tizz, get in a tizzy, get in a sweat, sweat, get steamed up, get in a lather, stew, torture oneself, torment oneself
British informal be in a blue funk
2‘I can see that something is worrying you’
trouble, bother, cause anxiety, make anxious, disturb, distress, upset, concern, disquiet, discompose, fret, agitate, unsettle, perturb, frighten, alarm, scare, fluster, flurry, stress, strain, tax, harass, torment, plague, bedevil, besiege, irk, vex
prey on one's mind, weigh heavily on one's mind, weigh down, oppress, burden, be a great weight on, lie heavy on, gnaw at
informal hassle, give someone a hard time, throw, faze, rattle, bug, get to, do someone's head in, discombobulate
North American informal mess with someone's head
3‘a dog was worrying his sheep’
attack, savage, maul, mutilate, mangle, go for, tear at, tear to pieces, claw, bite, gnaw at, lacerate, shake, pull at
molest, torment, persecute
1‘I'm beside myself with worry’
anxiety, disturbance, perturbation, trouble, bother, distress, concern, care, upset, uneasiness, unease, disquiet, disquietude, disconcertment, fretfulness, restlessness, nervousness, nerves, agitation, edginess, tension, tenseness, stress, strain
apprehension, fear, fearfulness, dread, foreboding, trepidation, misgiving, angst
informal the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the shakes, the jumps, jitteriness, twitchiness
2‘the rats are a worry because they can contaminate food’
problem, cause for concern
nuisance, pest, plague, trial, tribulation, trouble, irritation, irritant, vexation, bane, bugbear, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, burden, cross, cross to bear
informal pain, pain in the neck, headache, hassle, stress
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