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bother

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1 a state of noisy, confused activity

  • the whole household was in a bother, as our overnight guests were expected to arrive any minute
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2 one who is obnoxiously annoying

  • the woman next-door is such a bother—always dropping in at the most inopportune moments!
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pain in the neck

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4 the feeling of impatience or anger caused by anotherʼs repeated disagreeable acts

  • never let his personal bothers interfere with his responsibilities at work
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bother

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1 to thrust oneself upon (another) without invitation

  • I am never going to get this work done if people don't stop wandering into the room and bothering me
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2 to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts

  • it bothers me when obviously sick people go to movies and spend the whole time coughing and sneezing
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get one's goat, get on one's nerves, get to, rub the wrong way, set one's teeth on edge, stick in one's craw, wear on

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3 to experience concern or anxiety

  • just get the basic concept right and donʼt bother about the details
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give a hang (or care a hang), sweat blood

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annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness.
    • their constant complaining annoys us
vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety.
    • vexed by her son's failure to clean his room
irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit.
    • careless waste irks the boss
bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind.
    • don't bother me while I'm reading


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