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highly-strung

Persistently anxious and easily startled or upset. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I've never met anyone so highly-strung. She gasps every time the phone rings.
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Highly Strung kick-off North Wales Bluegrass Festival tonight
Having less of the chemical, an enzyme called COMT, appears to make a person more anxious and highly strung.
Naomi was born with the Sun, Venus and Mars in Gemini conveying a person who is restless and highly strung.
LESS than a fortnight gone and it's clear that Big Brother has its most highly strung, childish, self-pitying, over-entitled tools ever.
He suggested that the Master Butchers' Band, which plays, to the pleasure of many, below the paddock at Cheltenham, risks upsetting "superb and, at times, highly strung horses".
LEWIS HAMILTON reveals he and McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso are just too highly strung to get along.
David (Sam Smith) is a good 11-year-old Jewish boy who lives with his workaholic father (Stanley Townsend) and highly strung mother (Emily Woof).
We didn't want to over race her as the progeny of Nureyev can be a little highly strung.
O'Brien said: "Mingling Glances is a bit highly strung but hopefully the Irish 1,000 Guineas next Saturday will not come too soon.
Musical Mike may jig along to the band who play close to the paddock at Cheltenham (Chatroom, Wednesday), but on a serious note he clearly does not give a fig for the welfare of superb and, at times, highly strung horses.
He was so highly strung I thought he might shoot us all.
An ITV source said: "They're highly strung and it means Cheryl has less time with other singers Rebecca and Treyc.
Trainer Henry Cecil said: "Wingwalker is quite highly strung and ran his race before he got to the start.
NUTS 'N' BOLTS: Okocha must chill; DI-ON'T GET SHIRTY: Taylor wants the highly strung stars like Paolo Di Canio to keep their cool
An ITV source said: "They are both are highly strung and it means Cheryl spends less time with her other singers Rebecca and Treyc.
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