at great tension; highly excitable or nervous; edgy: high-strung nerves; a high-strung person.


tense, temperamental; jumpy, edgy, jittery, uptight.
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highly strung or (US and Canadian) high-strung
tense and easily upset; excitable; nervous
high-strung or (US and Canadian) high-strung

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Example sentences
He was high-strung and hot-tempered and found himself continually in difficulty because of it.
The contrast with their brilliant but high-strung architect must have been startling.
He became more belligerent with staff, and seemed more high-strung in regards to his body language and movement.
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