worrying


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Worry \Wor"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worried; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Worrying.] [OE. worowen, wirien, to strangle, AS. wyrgan in
   [=a]wyrgan; akin to D. worgen, wurgen, to strangle, OHG.
   wurgen, G. w["u]rgen, Lith. verszti, and perhaps to E.
   wring.]
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   1. To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly;
      also, to tear or mangle with the teeth.
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            A hellhound that doth hunt us all to death;
            That dog that had his teeth before his eyes,
            To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood. --Shak.
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   2. To harass or beset with importunity, or with care an
      anxiety; to vex; to annoy; to torment; to tease; to fret;
      to trouble; to plague. "A church worried with
      reformation." --South.
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            Let them rail,
            And worry one another at their pleasure. --Rowe.
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            Worry him out till he gives consent.  --Swift.
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   3. To harass with labor; to fatigue. [Colloq.]
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