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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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If you fancy something a little different, Hot-Line Tetris is probably the nerviest variant.
As crucial (and faux-melodramatic) as the daughter's search for her haunting father proves to be as it unfolds with the full-throttle energy of the nerviest speculative fictions, what enthralls more is the serious game of history: Knox reveals how language assembles, distorts, even invents cultural recollection and, ultimately, the stuff of hope, and how each of us must struggle against the pull of chance to fashion our story.
And he closed matters with another single break and his nerviest service game.
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Town keeper Alex Smithies' nerviest moment of the first half was of his own making, with his ninth-minute clearance from onrushing Town old boy Keigan Parker going straight to Danny Whitaker, whose low drive was blocked by Nathan Clarke.
Jamie, 38, Britain's Got Talent's nerviest contestant, said: "It hurt more than anyone can imagine.
McDonagh's transition here brings to mind David Mamet (a strong influence on McDonagh's stage work), who similarly switched from writing plays to writing and directing brainy thrillers for the screen like "House of Games," "Heist" and "Spartan." In both cases, men with exceptional gifts for theatrical language feel compelled to suppress many of their nerviest instincts in favor of weak plot-making.
I played against Spartak Moscow for Celtic and that was one of the nerviest games I've ever had.
But Anfield pride apart, there was little similarity between the magic of Munich and what turned out to be the nerviest of nights at Newcastle's St James' Park.