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be frightened of (one's) (own) shadow

To be easily or constantly spooked, nervous, timid, afraid, or fearfully suspicious. I can't say I have much faith in Johnny helping us on this expedition—that boy's frightened of his own shadow!
See also: frighten, of, shadow

be nervous of (one's) (own) shadow

To be easily or constantly spooked, nervous, timid, afraid, or fearfully suspicious. I can't say I have much faith in Johnny helping us on this expedition—that boy's nervous of his own shadow!
See also: nervous, of, shadow

be scared of (one's) (own) shadow

To be easily or constantly spooked, nervous, timid, afraid, or fearfully suspicious. I can't say I have much faith in Johnny helping us on this expedition—that boy's scared of his own shadow!
See also: of, scare, shadow

nervous Nellie

An unduly timid or anxious person, as in He's a real nervous Nellie, calling the doctor about every little symptom. This term does not allude to a particular person named Nellie; rather, the name was probably chosen for the sake of alliteration. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
See also: Nellie, nervous

nervous wreck

An individual suffering from extreme agitation or worry, as in Pat was a nervous wreck until her mother arrived at the wedding. This expression is nearly always used hyperbolically. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see basket case.
See also: nervous, wreck

be frightened/nervous/scared of your own ˈshadow

be very easily frightened; be very nervous: Since the attack he’s been a changed man. He’s nervous of his own shadow and doesn’t like to go out alone at night.

nervous Nellie

n. any nervous person, male or female. Sue is such a nervous Nellie. She should calm down.
See also: Nellie, nervous
References in classic literature ?
Sara Ray also managed to get through respectably, although she was pitiably nervous.
He was morbidly nervous of fire, and always kept this beside him, so that he might escape by the window in case the stairs were burning.
The worst and most tiresome part of his character, what made all relations with him so difficult, had been forgotten by Konstantin Levin when he thought of him, and now, when he saw his face, and especially that nervous twitching of his head, he remembered it all.
But he wants the Ireland players to feed off their own nervous energy when they face Georgia in Saturday's crucial World Cup qualifier in Tbilisi.
Nervous Terry starts to get more nervous than Nervous Terry usually gets before a show.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Stem cell scientists can now directly convert adult human blood cells to both central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) neurons as well as neurons in the peripheral nervous system (rest of the body) that are responsible for pain, temperature and itch perception.
Speaking about stage nerves, he said: "I get nervous and get a little bit of diarrhoea.
This volume departs from other books on the autonomous nervous system by emphasizing how it is fully integrated with the rest of the brain and that it is multi-systemic, with integration occurring at many different levels of the central nervous system.
If you didn't feel nervous you'd think there was something wrong.
Researchers in Germany and France working in mice have succeeded in producing central nervous system cells from neural stem cells of the peripheral nervous system.
The reprogrammed stem cells can form cells of the central nervous system, and the new cells can permanently integrate into this system," said Verdon Taylor of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics.
JUDY FINNIGAN admitted she is so nervous about her daughter Chloe Madeley's appearance on reality show Dancing on Ice she is going to have to watch from behind a cushion.
1 : having or showing feelings of worry, fear, or anxiety <Having to give a speech makes me nervous.
ELLIE DUFFEW, 10, of St Benedict's Primary School: "Walking into school and being nervous because I didn't know what was going to happen.
Written by popular music and culture expert David Walley, who has documented the evolution of rock and roll since the late sixties, Teenage Nervous Breakdown: Music and Politics in the Post-Elvis Age is a close scrutiny of how rock and the rock lifestyle have been commercialized and merchandized, first to a teenage audience, and now to a worldwide consumer society.