high-strung


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high-strung

(hī′strŭng′)
adj.
Tending to be very anxious and easily agitated.

high′-strung′



adj.
highly sensitive or nervous in temperament.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.high-strung - being in a tense statehigh-strung - being in a tense state    
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
Translations

high-strung

[ˌhaɪˈstrʌŋ] ADJ (US) → muy nervioso, muy excitable

high-strung

adj (fam) muy nervioso, muy intenso
References in classic literature ?
"I've got your name, an' here's your number--I got that, too: HIGH-STRUNG BUT REASONABLE.
I had felt her, it is true, trembling for nights and days together under my feet, but it was with the high-strung tenseness of her faithful courage.
I really believe that a finely- organized, high-strung man would suffer twice and thrice as much as they from a like injury.
"You're nothing but a bunch of high-strung sensitiveness, with a golden heart in the middle and a golden coat wrapped all around.
For that matter, high-strung and finely sensitive, the ill treatment had flung him into a fever, which was fed by the inflammation of his parched and swollen throat and tongue.
He accepted all that his high-strung companion offered him, and put them away in what he supposed to be a very safe place; but poor Babcock never afterwards recognized his gifts among the articles that Newman had in daily use.
One was tall, gallant, high-strung, and the lines of his pallid face showed terrible passions or frightful griefs.
In London three years later (1746) Collins put forth his significant work in a little volume of 'Odes.' Discouraged by lack of appreciation, always abnormally high-strung and neurasthenic, he gradually lapsed into insanity, and died at the age of thirty-seven.
To the normal high-strung energy of New York streets was added a touch of war-fever.
It was eloquent, vibrating with eloquence, but too high-strung, I think.
But with all their high-strung and delicately attuned perceptive faculties the two bulls of the tribe of Kerchak were often sore pressed to follow the trail at all, and at best were so delayed that in the afternoon of the second day, they still had not overhauled the fugitive.
Both were high-strung, prone to excessive tension and endurance, and they lived at concert pitch.