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highly strung

tense and easily upset; excitable; nervous
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  • Your nerves are too highly strung, and nerves play us strange tricks.

    The Return Of The Soul Robert S. Hichens
  • Piney jumped, like the highly strung, alert young animal that he was.

    Sally of Missouri

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  • She was in a highly strung, and, if the expression may be used, an exalted frame of mind.

    The Dictator

    Justin McCarthy
  • His nerves, though he was not aware of it, were finely woven and highly strung.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • Those girls are highly organised, highly sensitive; their nerves are highly strung.

    Spring Days George Moore
  • He was highly strung and could not sleep, but to wait for daybreak was hard.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck

    Harold Bindloss
  • He was highly strung, and although he tried for control he was carried away.

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  • She was uneasy and highly strung, but she heard nothing unusual.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • The men were grim and highly strung, braced to meet the worst.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
  • He admitted he was highly strung and perhaps his imagination cheated him.

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