[Ads-l] Not something to lose sleep over, but...

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 1 00:40:58 UTC 2015


I can see it being an idiom. I would be fine using it to refer to a general sense of worry and not as worrying about something to the point of causing sleep loss.

> On Jun 30, 2015, at 20:29, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 5:32 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
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>> Some references list "to lose sleep over" as an idiom.
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> Why? Because the phrase is not interpretable as having its literal meaning
> in the examples supplied?
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