highly strung


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highly strung

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high-strung

adj
tense and easily upset; excitable; nervous
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Adj.1.highly strung - being in a tense statehighly strung - being in a tense state    
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
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highly strung

adj (Brit) → nervös
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She always was highly strung," pursued Henry, leaning back in the car as it shot past the church.
The girl's highly strung imagination, her affectionate and credulous mind, the primitive education which had surrounded her childhood with a circle of legends, the constant brooding over her dead father and, above all, the state of sublime ecstasy into which music threw her from the moment that this art was made manifest to her in certain exceptional conditions, as in the churchyard at Perros; all this seemed to him to constitute a moral ground only too favorable for the malevolent designs of some mysterious and unscrupulous person.
But immediately after he added a "Very highly strung young person indeed," which unsettled me again.
I determined to say nothing about the former to my wife, for she is a nervous, highly strung woman, and I had no wish that she would share the unpleasant impression which had been produced upon myself.
AND highly strung X Factor reject Anton Stephans: "I'm sure you're going to see me again because I'm on the tour.
Organisers Gill Williams and John Les Pritchard, the bluegrass/old time duo known as Highly Strung have organised the event since its inception, and welcome top musicians from both sides of the Atlantic.
Maria is shell-shocked when Kev's highly strung squeeze lashes out in the salon and accuses Liam of hitting Kev's toddler, Jack.
The Well and Highly Strung Quartet will ease everyone into the week, which will be followed by acoustic music with Barry Smith, singing with the Accord Singers and a special performance by Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.
Glasgow-born Laura plays highly strung executive Lydia Rodarte-Quayle in the US drama about a science teacher who cooks up illegal drugs.
Sybil" Readers of a certain age will attest to the genius of John Cleese's hilarious and highly strung portrayal of hotelier Basil Fawlty perpetually teetering on the edge of a nervous breakdown in the classic '70s comedy, set in a dilapidated Torquay hotel.
Conwy July 5- 8 THE line-up for this year's North Wales Bluegrass festival includes Highly Strung, Debby McClatchy and Biggin Hillbillies Also appearing at next month's event are the Britannia Band, Chill Until Blue, Chris Moreton, Conwy Mountain Band, The Down County Boys, Five and Dimers, Hope Mountain Band, Margaret & Ian Benton, Kidnap Alice, Longway, Monroes Revenge, The Morris Boys, Rick Tarrent, Papa Truck, and Shake the Roots.
They're more sensitive, more highly strung, less able for this cold, cruel world.

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