high-strung

[hahy-struhng]
adjective
at great tension; highly excitable or nervous; edgy: high-strung nerves; a high-strung person.

Origin:
1740–50


tense, temperamental; jumpy, edgy, jittery, uptight.
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Example sentences
He is a kind and gentle animal, however, he's a thoroughbred and is high strung and spooks easily.
By the end of the day, we'll all be so high strung we'll need sleep medication to get to bed.
Veteran admitted he had always been nervous and high strung.
Their views are unwarrantably high strung, and they will have te come down a peg or two if they wish te dispose of their stock.
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