highly strung


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.

highly strung

or

high-strung

adj
tense and easily upset; excitable; nervous
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations

highly strung

adj (Brit) → nervös
References in classic literature ?
"She always was highly strung," pursued Henry, leaning back in the car as it shot past the church.
La Fosseuse is sensitive and highly strung. If the weather is dark and cloudy, she is depressed; she 'weeps when the sky is weeping,' a phrase of her own; she sings with the birds; she grows happy and serene under a cloudless sky; the loveliness of a bright day passes into her face; a soft sweet perfume is an inexhaustible pleasure to her; I have seen her take delight the whole day long in the scent breathed forth by some mignonette; and, after one of those rainy mornings that bring out all the soul of the flowers and give indescribable freshness and brightness to the day, she seems to overflow with gladness like the green world around her.
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.
Highly strung personality types, on the other hand, were found to prefer the colour green for their living rooms and associate this colour strongly with feeling calm and relaxed, suggesting that they are looking to surround themselves with colours that will help offset any feelings of stress.
Local bands include favourites Conwy Bluegrass band and Highly strung John & Jill.
AND highly strung X Factor reject Anton Stephans: "I'm sure you're going to see me again because I'm on the tour." In which case, farewell for ever, Anton.
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.

Full browser ?