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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
Pulling the strings: Festival organisers John Les and Gill Williams of guitar duo Highly Strung
He may have got a kick from a faller early on, but it was already worrying that he looked highly strung beforehand.
HIGHLY STRUNG: Litz, above, Layman, right, Strecker, left, and Hoang, far left AP PHOTO
After initially preventing an international political crisis by tracking down a stolen letter, the brilliant, but highly strung Holmes crashes into a deep depression before being called upon for one last hurrah.
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. The Moon was in her opposite sign of Sagittarius at birth, which suggests she expects more out of her relationships than most.
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."
She's highly strung as she breaks down, saying her husband's death was all her fault.
So the Brighton clerk of the course noticed that highly strung racehorses get upset by loud music nearby.
Q I'VE always been a bit "highly strung" but lately my temper has been getting really out of control.
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