'worry someone out'

booklover.jay

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Korean-Korea
The most important item of all, probably, although it made so little

show, was a certain broomstick, on which Mother Rigby had taken many an

airy gallop at midnight, and which now served the scarecrow by way of a

spinal column, or, as the unlearned phrase it, a backbone. One of its

arms was a disabled flail which used to be wielded by Goodman Rigby,

before his spouse worried him out of this troublesome world; the other,

if I mistake not, was composed of the pudding stick and a broken rung

of a chair, tied loosely together at the elbow.

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it's from 'Feathertop' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. <1852>

I find the phrase 'worry someone out' seems not to be in use any more, after I checked a few dictionaries.

I simply can't figure it out, but I may guess it 'have someone pass away' or something. I am not sure.

Please help me understand this difficult phrase !


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  • Copyright

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    American English
    Yes, it sounds like "killed him with her worries."

    It would be great if you could format any text you copy for easier readability ... and less boldness:

    The most important item of all, probably, although it made so little show, was a certain broomstick, on which Mother Rigby had taken many an airy gallop at midnight, and which now served the scarecrow by way of a spinal column, or, as the unlearned phrase it, a backbone. One of its arms was a disabled flail which used to be wielded by Goodman Rigby, before his spouse worried him out of this troublesome world; the other, if I mistake not, was composed of the pudding stick and a broken rung of a chair, tied loosely together at the elbow.

    Source: 'Feathertop' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. <1852>
     
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    booklover.jay

    New Member
    Korean-Korea
    Yes, it sounds like "killed him with her worries."

    It would be great if you could format any text you copy for easier readability ... and less boldness:

    The most important item of all, probably, although it made so little show, was a certain broomstick, on which Mother Rigby had taken many an airy gallop at midnight, and which now served the scarecrow by way of a spinal column, or, as the unlearned phrase it, a backbone. One of its arms was a disabled flail which used to be wielded by Goodman Rigby,
    before his spouse worried him out of this troublesome world; the other, if I mistake not, was composed of the pudding stick and a broken rung of a chair, tied loosely together at the elbow.

    Source: 'Feathertop' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. <1852>
    Thank you so much. I would pay more attention to my text format from now on.
     
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