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nervous wreck

noun

a person suffering from emotional exhaustion due to stress

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  • Had I remained with them, no doubt now, five years later, I would be a physical and nervous wreck.

    The Demands of Rome Elizabeth Schoffen
  • He has been overworking, I fear, and seems to be a nervous wreck.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • I'm a nervous wreck, almost getting carted off to God knows where like that.

  • While he's more or less grouchy, he don't act any more like a nervous wreck than usual.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • He's been a nervous wreck ever since his accident and I can't trust him.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • She had been separated from her children for two years, she was a nervous wreck.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • Three minutes in which he must reduce this stalwart fellow to a trembling, nervous wreck.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
Idioms and Phrases with nervous wreck

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. [ ; c. 1900 ]
Also see: basket case
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