nervous wreck


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nervous wreck

Someone who is overcome with anxiety, apprehension, or nervousness. Where have you been all night? I've been a nervous wreck waiting for you to come home! I'm going to be a nervous wreck waiting to hear back from the doctor about the test results.
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nervous wreck

An individual suffering from extreme agitation or worry, as in Pat was a nervous wreck until her mother arrived at the wedding. This expression is nearly always used hyperbolically. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see basket case.
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It's great to be a good student, but you also want to be a happy, healthy person, not a nervous wreck.
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2 : a person who is very tired, ill, worried, or unhappy <I'm a nervous wreck.>
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