Bother

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Definition

to bother: to annoy, to trouble, to disturb; to make an effort
verb
Don't bother calling Susie today, as she's on vacation. There's no point in calling Susie today, she's on vacation.
Stop bothering me, Philip. I want to be left alone.

I couldn't be bothered (to have a shower this morning): I didn't make the effort, I didn't have enough motivation (to have a shower this morning)
idiom
Pronunciation examples
UK: Stop bothering me, Philip.
US: I'm not bothering you, am I?
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Examples

  • "I can get up without bothering anyone, and there's more room for my legs."
  • "It would be a shame to have to bother Bruno with this."
  • "I want to bother you."
  • "However, I now have an answer to all of your concerns: health and safety, hygiene, nutrition, freshness of food, vegetarian options, vegan options, kosher options, halal options, nut allergies, and all the other things you're always bothering me about."
  • "John : Oh, ok, sorry to bother you."
  • "Don't let me bother you though."
  • "Brian : You mean are you bothering me?"
  • "No one bothers you in the window seat."
  • "The penetration of men's fragrance usage appears to be around 50%, with 51% of men claiming to use premium fragrances as part of their daily grooming routine, while about 32% of men 'cannot be bothered' to use any perfume at all."
  • "I will meet you Thursday evening at the factory, at 6.00 PM. Don't worry about bothering the employees, they are used to working irregular hours and shifts."

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