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high-strung

[hahy-struhng] /ˈhaɪˈstrʌŋ/
adjective
1.
at great tension; highly excitable or nervous; edgy:
high-strung nerves; a high-strung person.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50
Synonyms
tense, temperamental; jumpy, edgy, jittery, uptight.
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Word Origin and History for high strung

high-strung

adj.

also high strung, 1848 in the figurative sense, from high (adj.) + strung. Originally a musical term, with reference to stringed instruments, where it is attested from 1748.

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