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highly strung

US and Canadian high-strung

adjective
  1. tense and easily upset; excitable; nervous
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Historical Examples of highly strung

  • But I get nervous and highly-strung when I sit alone at my work at night.

    The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • So highly-strung a state of public feeling could not last long.

  • Like all highly-strung people he is extremely sensitive to personality.

    Theodor Leschetizky

    Annette Hullah

  • Want of sleep would be serious to Gladys's highly-strung organisation.

    Uncle Max

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • I finished in a highly-strung manner, but Wilbrid came forward and put his hands on my shoulders.

    The Sequel

    George A. Taylor