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[oh-ver-struhng] /ˈoʊ vərˈstrʌŋ/
overly tense or sensitive; strained; on edge:
Their nerves were badly overstrung.
Archery. (of a bow) strung too tightly.
Origin of overstrung
1800-10; over- + strung


[oh-ver-string] /ˌoʊ vərˈstrɪŋ/
verb (used with object), overstrung; overstrung or (Rare) overstringed; overstringing.
Music. to arrange the strings of (a piano) so that the bass strings cross over the treble.
Archery. to string (a bow) too tightly.
1875-80; over- + string Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now, Phyllis was tired with much hurried work, and overstrung.

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  • But it is all through every one being so overstrung, I suppose.

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  • Her nerves were overstrung, and the excessive loveliness of the scene seemed only to add to her excitement.

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  • And to Katherine, overstrung as she was, the words came as a rebuke.

  • It was that unexpected kindliness that always proves too much for overstrung nerves.

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  • He knew this time that it was not the hallucination of overstrung nerves.

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  • Many old squares have broken plates; generally found near the overstrung bass, or within the first octave of the treble.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Stunned by his overstrung emotions, he could only bow his head.

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  • The interruption checked his words, but could not check the red fury that was surging through Slaughter's overstrung brain.

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  • What she saw would not have disturbed her if she had not been overstrung by long anxiety.

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British Dictionary definitions for overstrung


too highly strung; tense
(of a piano) having two sets of strings crossing each other at an oblique angle
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