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nervy

1. Very anxious, easily distressed, or high-strung. I heard a gunshot in our neighborhood last night, and I've been horribly nervy ever since. The new intern is this nervy little mouse of a boy who leaps out of his chair if you so much as cough too loudly near him.
2. Daring or fearless; courageous. You've got to be pretty nervy to jump out of a plane and trust a little backpack to save your life. I've got to hand it to you, kid—that was a nervy move.

nervy

1. mod. nervous. Mary is so nervy. Anything will set her off.
2. mod. daring; courageous. Don’t get nervy with me!
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Jones' fly-hack in his 22 rebounded off a stray body straight to a Parma man, and after one phase of play Roberto Quartaroli ducked into the corner to make a tense tie even nervier.
However, McDonnell's side currently lie seventh in the Premier League of the Business Assistance Liverpool Competition and it is unclear whether they will be in a comfort zone or a somewhat nervier area of the division by late August.
A couple of potentially hilarious bits -- including an attempt to exhume John Quincy Adams to manufacture more "smart" weed -- aren't nearly as funny as they might have been in the hands of a nervier and more experienced director.
Lakoff himself, confirming that his allegiance to Lerner extends only so far, confesses his preference for the nervier views of his later teacher Louis Hartz about America's "liberal tradition." Hartz, in The Liberal Tradition in America (1955), argued that because Americans were spared feudalism and both absorbed and apotheosized a "Lockean ethos," they grew inoculated against extremist ideologies--a judgment Lerner remained too skeptical to share.
Yet early on Swindon looked much the nervier and keeper Frank Talia was forced to hack clear as his defence deserted him.
And the longer the game goes on with us in the mix, the nervier Chelsea and their fans will get, no question about it.
Stark said: "It was nervier than it should have been as we created some excellent chances to put the game to bed but didn't take them.
"The only disappointing thing was we went to sleep a little bit and we made it nervier than it should have been by conceding a poor goal."
It's also going to get a far lot nervier, and tougher, over the last four games.
Talk about Benitez and defensive tactics inevitably leads you into the mysterious world of zonal marking, the system blamed for many of the nervier moments of the season so far.
Here was a throwback to an earlier, nervier genre, a feminist Big Book a la Beauvoir and Greer, vowing to break the silence shrouding a key piece of female experience--the sexual awakening of teenage girls--in a way that would fuse the personal and the political, the erotic and the intellectual.
Moyes decided to keep faith with John Heitinga despite the error which ensured the previous victory over West Brom was nervier than it should have been, but that faith was spectacularly unrewarded.
Englishman Balshaw looked nervier than most, and continuously cost his side territory with careless kicking.
HeliftedtheWGC-CA Championship in Miami by four shots two weeks ago but this was far nervier.