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a bag of nerves

Someone who is very nervous, anxious, or uneasy. Primarily heard in UK. I was a bag of nerves before the test started. Look at that poor bag of nerves over there. She's so anxious she's shaking. Carrie's been a total bag of nerves waiting for the doctor to call with the test results.
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a bag (or bundle) of nerves

a person who is extremely timid or tense. informal
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a bag/bundle of ˈnerves

(informal) a person who is very frightened, worried or nervous about something: She was a bundle of nerves at the start of the interview but she became more confident later.He’s a bag of nerves. He needs a break.
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