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noun [plural] the worried well pronunciation in British English
  1. people who are well but are worried about getting ill and so take medicine or see a doctor when it is not necessary

    The "worried well" are everywhere: an estimated one in four doctor's appointments is now taken up by someone who has absolutely nothing wrong with them.

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