1. To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth.
"A hellhound that doth hunt us all to death; That dog that had his teeth before his eyes, To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood." -- Shak.
2. To harass or beset with importunity, or with care an anxiety; to vex; to annoy; to torment; to tease; to fret; to trouble; to plague. "A church worried with reformation." South.
"Let them rail, And worry one another at their pleasure." -- Rowe.
"Worry him out till he gives consent." -- Swift.
3. To harass with labor; to fatigue. [Colloq.]