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Expressions used to talk about worries - thesaurus


I dread to think

used for saying that you are worried about a situation

if anything happens to someone

used as a way of avoiding talking directly about something bad that might take place

what has/will become of

used for asking what has happened to someone or something, because you have not seen them for a long time, or what will happen to them, because you are worried about them

someone’s (worst) fears were realized

used for saying that something you were worried about really happened

I’d hate (for) someone/something to do something

used for saying that a particular situation or event would make you feel unhappy

someone’s heart sinks

used for saying that someone suddenly feels very worried, upset, or disappointed

you had me worried

used for telling someone that you were worried by something they had said or done, but now you are not

heaven help us

used for saying that you hope something will not happen

someone’s heart leaps/jumps/quickens

used for saying that someone suddenly feels excited, nervous, or afraid

your knees knock

used for saying that you feel very nervous or frightened



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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