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worried sick

Also,worried to death. Extremely anxious, as in Her parents were worried sick when she didn't come home all night, or We've been worried to death about the drop in the stock market. These somewhat hyperbolic phrases (one could conceivably feel ill from worrying but would hardly die from it) date from the second half of the 1800s.
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  • I would have been worried sick if I had known that you were way off there.

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  • Yet I'm worried sick, for he has threatened to kill himself if I don't marry him.

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  • II was wrong, but I am worried sick, or I wouldnt have made such a fool of myself!

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  • He found nothing and was worried sick all the way back to Kelly.

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  • No news had been received from her, and her husband was worried sick.

  • "My wife's worried sick by his disappearance," replied a voice that was familiar to Bobby.

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