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nervous wreck

noun

a person suffering from emotional exhaustion due to stress

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  • He has been overworking, I fear, and seems to be a nervous wreck.

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

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • She had been separated from her children for two years, she was a nervous wreck.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • I gather that she has reduced Miss Vigers to a nervous wreck already.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • He is a nervous wreck, semi-epileptic, with crutches by his side.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt

    L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • There remained only one minute in which to reduce him to a nervous wreck!

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • I'm always a nervous wreck after these little affairs of mine.'

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson
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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