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English definition of “worry at sth”

worry at sth

verb uk phrasal verb with worry   /ˈwʌr.i/ us    /ˈwɝː-/

(OBJECT)

to shake, pull at, or touch something repeatedly: The dog was worrying away at its bone.

(PROBLEM)

to keep trying to find a way of solving a problem: She'll worry at those figures until she's sure they've been worked out properly.
(Definition of worry at sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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