Nervous wreck

Main Entry:  nervous wreck
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a person suffering from emotional exhaustion due to stress
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nervous wreck

An individual suffering from extreme agitation or worry, as in Pat was a nervous wreck until her mother arrived at the wedding. This expression is nearly always used hyperbolically. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see basket case.

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