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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.
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."
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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.
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.