Phrasal Verbs

nag at

This page is about the phrasal verb nag at


If someone is being nagged at by a fear, a doubt or a regret, they can't stop thinking about it.

For example

  • nag at Ken lost millions when the stock market collapsed, and the thought that he should have sold his shares when they started going down kept nagging at him.

  • nag at The feeling that she'd left it too late to have children was nagging at her.

Nouns often used as subjects with nag at: fear, doubt, worry, regret, guilt, thought

Quick Quiz

The thought of losing his job was nagging at Bill. He

a. loved the idea

b. hated his job

c. worried about losing it

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