Someone I know is trying to settle on a particular lyric for a song. The lyric is currently:

No more seeking answers to old mysteries

No more digging deep into the past

No use dwelling over ancient victories

Except by me they were forgotten fast

Just wondering if Stack Exchange would think that the use of 'over' here instead of 'on' works...


"Dwell over" isn't a standard English expression, but people would understand what you mean. Maybe you could change "dwelling" to something else:

  • Mulling over
  • Raking over
  • Crowing over
  • Going over

None of these have exactly the same meaning as (what I think you mean by) dwelling over, but may deliver the same overall message that you're aiming for.

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    Thank you for providing a list of alternatives. I found it quite educational. However, I cant help but point out that "to crow over" means "to gloat, boast, or exult" and is not a valid analogue to the other three expressions. – Pasha Syrnikov Apr 5 '17 at 15:40
  • You could add brooding over to your list. @PashaSyrnikov I think in the context of the original lyric, crowing over could make sense (since the things being dwelt upon are "ancient victories"). But of course, one of the advantages of the original verb is its ambiguity, which would be weakened or lost with most of these options. – 1006a Apr 5 '17 at 16:33

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