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highly strung

tense and easily upset; excitable; nervous
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  • To the healthy, the strain of preparing for and enduring an examination is tremendous; to highly strung children it is dangerous.

  • Your nerves are too highly strung, and nerves play us strange tricks.

    The Return Of The Soul Robert S. Hichens
  • You can see there the emotional strain, the too highly strung system which has abandoned itself to the excesses of religion.

    The Hearts of Men H. Fielding
  • His nerves, though he was not aware of it, were finely woven and highly strung.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • She told herself that she was highly strung and imaginative, but her uneasiness would not be banished.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • Those girls are highly organised, highly sensitive; their nerves are highly strung.

    Spring Days George Moore
  • She was highly strung but calm, though a trace of color crept into her face as she glanced at Harding.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
  • He was highly strung and could not sleep, but to wait for daybreak was hard.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • Your cheerfulness embellishes you, and relaxes your nerves, which are too highly strung.

    Women of Modern France (Illustrated) Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
  • He was highly strung, and although he tried for control he was carried away.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss

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