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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOTHERING

What was the use of bothering about the rebels as long as they did not wish to fire upon one?

Don't neglect your eyes a moment if they are bothering you in the least.

I replied that the flies were bothering me—and we both fell silent.

There, that serves you right, for bothering me, you silly thing!

"I was bothering my head about that, too, since you mention it," Rob announced.

When they're all bothering me with their marriages you're raging in your corner.

I thought that I had mastered it, a dozen times, yet here it is bothering me again.

Well, Phil concluded, there was no use of bothering about them.

"He was parley vooing with Casimer and bothering him," said Hatch.

Then, quite suddenly and serenely, with no bothering doubts or "if's," I knew.

WORD ORIGIN

1718, probably from Anglo-Irish pother, because its earliest use was by Irish writers Sheridan, Swift, Sterne. Perhaps from Irish bodhairim "I deafen." Related: Bothered; bothering. As a noun from 1803.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BOTHERING

botheration

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