overly tense or sensitive; strained; on edge: Their nerves were badly overstrung.
Archery. (of a bow) strung too tightly.
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How to use overstrung in a sentence
If our nerves are overstrung, or our tempers tried, so far from endeavouring to conceal the fact we make them feel it.How to be Happy Though Married | E. J. Hardy.
The interruption checked his words, but could not check the red fury that was surging through Slaughter's overstrung brain.Colonial Born | G. Firth Scott
To her overstrung nerves each darker shadow held an evil menace.A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
The whole world seemed a great musical instrument, overstrung and giving out previously unknown harmonies and inharmonies.Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
It was at this moment more than ever true that her light being was overstrung and that her light head whirled too fast.Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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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