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[hahy-struhng] /ˈhaɪˈstrʌŋ/
at great tension; highly excitable or nervous; edgy:
high-strung nerves; a high-strung person.
Origin of high-strung
tense, temperamental; jumpy, edgy, jittery, uptight. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A similar change has been observed in high-strung horses taken from the United States to England.

    The Life of Bret Harte Henry Childs Merwin
  • My nerves are all high-strung with the turn matters have taken.

    The Ghost William. D. O'Connor
  • The thirty horse-power engine purred and obeyed with the sympathy of a high-strung horse.

    Young Hilda at the Wars Arthur Gleason
  • Swimming is good, particularly for nervous, high-strung persons.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • The high-strung, anxious voice was no longer heard crying aloud piteously for what it could not obtain.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • She's as good-natured as anybody I ever saw but she's high-strung, too; she's got a temper.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • And he knew what a living hell the life must have been to a high-strung Mexican youth.

    The Mystery of The Barranca Herman Whitaker
  • Starbright was right in saying Dade Morgan was proud and high-strung.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
Word Origin and History for high-strung

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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