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be worked up
To be in a state of mental or emotional agitation. Often modified as "all worked up" or "really worked up." You're worked up over nothing—I'm sure the doctor will tell you it's nothing. Mom was really worked up when I spoke to her on the phone. The professor said she really needed to speak with me later, and now I'm all worked up that I might be failing the course!
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worked up, be
Also, get all worked up. Be or become excited or upset, as in She got all worked up about the idea of adopting a baby. [Late 1600s] Also see work up.
See also: work
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