To worry about petty issues or insignificant matters.

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  • From the combination, possibly boosted by its alliterativeness, of sweat in its colloquial sense meaning to worry, and small stuff designating petty issues.
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The prefrontal cortex is the other character in those internal battles that go on in your life. [...] The higher being who wishes you’d stop sweating the small stuff.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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