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prey on your mind

Meaning: If something is preying on your mind, you can't stop thinking about it or worrying about it.

For example:

  • Jimmy can't sleep because he's got a court case coming up and the thought of going to jail is preying on his mind.

  • The president's illness is preying on everybody's mind.

Quick Quiz:

I'm not sure, but I think the thing that's been preying on Helen's mind could be
  1. her excellent health
  2. her son's problems at school
  3. the great holiday she had in Bali

Discuss: prey on your mind

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