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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.
See also: nervous, wreck

reck (one's) own rede

To trust in and use one's own advice. "Reck" means "to heed," while "rede" means "advice"; both are archaic words. A: "I have told my sister to question men she deems untrustworthy." B: "Then, my lady, if you do not trust Sir Walton, I think you need to reck your own rede and confront him."
See also: own, reck, rede
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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.
See also: nervous, wreck
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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