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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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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for high-strung

highly strung

adjective
1.
tense and easily upset; excitable; nervous
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Word Origin and History for 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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