highly strung

highly strung
especially BrE also high-strung AmE adjective nervous, and easily upset or excited: a highly strung child

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • highly strung — ► ADJECTIVE Brit. ▪ very nervous and easily upset …   English terms dictionary

  • highly strung — adjective being in a tense state • Syn: ↑edgy, ↑high strung, ↑jittery, ↑jumpy, ↑nervy, ↑overstrung, ↑restive, ↑uptight • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • highly-strung — adj sensitive, neurotic, nervous, easily upset, nervy, jumpy, on edge, temperamental, excitable, restless, overwrought, tense, stressed COLLOQ. wound up, uptight, edgy ≠ calm * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : high strung * * * highly strungˈ… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • highly-strung — ADJ GRADED If someone is highly strung, they are very nervous and easily upset. He was sensitive and highly strung, and she had always tried to shield him from his father s sarcasm and violence. Syn: sensitive …   English dictionary

  • highly strung — /haɪli ˈstrʌŋ / (say huylee strung) adjective tense and easily distressed; excitable; nervous and sensitive: Tom is highly strung and can t face the upheaval. Also, high strung …  

  • highly strung — adj. Highly strung is used with these nouns: ↑temperament …   Collocations dictionary

  • highly-strung — British & Australian, American nervous and easily upset. Anna has always been highly strung, whereas her brother is one of the most relaxed people you could meet …   New idioms dictionary

  • highly-strung — UK [ˌhaɪlɪ ˈstrʌŋ] / US [ˌhaɪlɪˈstrʌŋ] adjective someone who is highly strung easily becomes nervous or upset …   English dictionary

  • highly strung — (N. Amer. high strung) adjective very nervous and easily upset …   English new terms dictionary

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