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highly strung Line breaks: high¦ly strung
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪli ˈstrʌŋ/

Definition of highly strung in English:


Very nervous and easily upset: highly strung horses
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  • And as you can imagine, the more highly strung a horse is, the harder it is to get them to stay still and jump over large obstacles without knocking them down.
  • I'm highly strung, I can't sleep because of the stress and it's generally having a huge negative influence on me as a person.
  • Dick's parents split and he was brought up by his highly strung mother, who got him hooked on his most permanent and incurable addiction - Jungian therapy.
nervous, excitable, temperamental, sensitive, unstable, brittle, easily upset, easily agitated, on edge, edgy, jumpy, keyed up, irritable, fidgety, restive, restless, anxious, overanxious, tense, taut, stressed, overwrought, neurotic;
British  nervy
British informal strung up, stressy
Australian/New Zealand informal toey
dated overstrung
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