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a bundle of nerves

Someone who is very nervous, anxious, or uneasy. I was a bundle of nerves before the driving test started. Look at that poor bundle of nerves over there. She's so anxious she's shaking.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bundle of nerves

a very nervous person. I was a bundle of nerves before my dental appointment.
See also: bundle, nerve, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bundle of nerves

Extremely jittery, tense, or fearful person, as in For months after the accident, Aunt Jane was a bundle of nerves. [1930s]
See also: bundle, nerve, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a bundle of nerves

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

a bag of nerves

BRITISH
If you say that someone is a bundle of nerves or a bag of nerves, you mean that they are extremely nervous. What's the matter? You're a bundle of nerves! Elaine admits she was a bag of nerves when she had to sing in front of the queen.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: bag, bundle, nerve, of
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bundle of nerves

n. a very nervous person. I’m just a bundle of nerves. I wish this were over.
See also: bundle, nerve, of
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

bundle of nerves

An extremely nervous person.
See also: bundle, nerve, of
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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LOS ANGELES, Calif, February 6, 2014 -- A new study not only uncovers new details on how bundles of nerves and arteries interact with stem cells but also showcases revolutionary techniques for following the cells as they function in living animals.
The prosthetic wraps bundles of nerves in electrodes to interpret the signals coming from the bladder when it's full.
Famm compares the process of "reading and writing" electrical impulses passing through bundles of nerves to that of signaling in communication cables transporting digital information.
There are likely to be bundles of nerves on the pitch today and scores don't tend to flow in an All-Ireland final like they do in earlier matches.
Local anaesthetic drugs are injected near to the bundles of nerves which carry signals from a particular area of the body to the brain.
Summary: With the new school year in the reckoning and attendant bundles of nerves, back to school spells heaps of enthusiasm.