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WORRY, verb transitive

1. To tease; to trouble; to harass with importunity, or with care and anxiety. Persons are often worried with care and solicitude.

Let them rail and then worry one another at their pleasure.

WORRY him out till he gives his consent.

A church worried with reformation.

2. To fatigue; to harass with labor; a popular sense of the word.

3. To harass by pursuit and barking; as, dogs worry sheep.

4. To tear; to mangle with the teeth.

5. To vex; to persecute brutally.