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(transitive) (dialect) to tease or worry
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probably variant of worry, but compare wherrit
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  • We've got on very well hereabouts for many a year, without having anyone to worrit us from that place.

    The Quiver 12/1899 Anonymous
  • But the district-lady has others to "worrit" in life besides the sick.

  • She says we shall never be ready by Wednesday and that it's more than flesh and blood can stand to worrit folks like this.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • Who worrit us out of our lives with Reform, and such humbugging fads!

  • I—was worrit when he didn't come back—when he didn't wake up, to-night, an' it took to rainin'.

  • We have no sorrow just now, except my constant inward "worrit" of unbelief in any future of good work on my part.

  • He used to fret and worrit 'cause there warn't no school, and he couldn't ha' gone to it if there was.

    Queen Hildegarde Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Sit ye down, and give me your forgiveness for having ever been a worrit to you, Dan'l—what have my contraries ever been to this!

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • Nobody knows but them that has to do it what the worrit of the roads is.

    Cripps, the Carrier R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
  • "You'd ought to be ashamed of yourself to worrit your 'usband so," said the lamplighter, sternly.

    Explorers of the Dawn Mazo de la Roche

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