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dwell on

Meaning: If you dwell on something bad or unpleasant, you think about it too much or you talk about it too much.

For example:

  • dwell on sth If I'm lying awake at night dwelling on a problem or a conflict at work, I take my mind off it by reading a book.

  • dwell on sth Wayne was dwelling on the fact that he'd just lost his job, so I changed the topic and we talked about something else instead.

Nouns often used as objects with
dwell on: problems, issues, the past, fears, regrets, loss, conflict

Quick Quiz:

Harry was lying awake dwelling on
  1. his bedsheets
  2. his problems
  3. his successes

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