nervous Nellie

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nervous Nel·lie

or nervous Nel·ly  (nĕl′ē)
n. pl. nervous Nel·lies Informal
An unduly timid or anxious person.

nerv′ous Nel′lie

(or Nel′ly)

(ˈnɛl i)

n., pl. -lies. Informal.
a timid or fearful person.
[1925–30]
Translations

nervous Nellie

n (US inf) → Flattermann m (inf)
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