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Overstrung   Listen

Being in a tense state.  Synonyms: edgy, high-strung, highly strung, jittery, jumpy, nervy, restive, uptight.
Too tightly strung.

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"Overstrung" Quotes from Famous Books

... to; a few minutes ago I had no intention of saying such things. It means I am rather overstrung, I suppose; but it's ...
— New Grub Street • George Gissing

... in understanding the quick fervor of this new friend; a trifle suspicious, even; being a cautious soul, and somewhat overstrung, perhaps. Her visitor, bright-eyed and eager, went on. "I gave up school teaching and married a fortune. You have given it up to do a more needed work. I think you are wonderful. Now, I know this seems queer to you, ...
— The Forerunner, Volume 1 (1909-1910) • Charlotte Perkins Gilman

... the difference between one's inward mood of the evening and that of the morning. The passions which are dominant in the evening, in the morning leave the field free for the contemplative part of the soul. Our whole being, irritated and overstrung by the nervous excitement of the day, arrives in the evening at the culminating point of its human vitality; the same being, tranquilized by the calm of sleep, is in the morning nearer heaven. We should weigh a resolution in ...
— Amiel's Journal • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... Marcia's overstrung nerves suddenly dissolved into hysterical laughter. The contrast from the tragic to the ridiculous was too much for her. She laughed until the tears rolled down her cheeks, and then she cried in earnest. Miranda stopped and put her arms about her ...
— Marcia Schuyler • Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

... the Poet, "that the overstrung nerves of the century will give way, and that we shall fall into the simple ...
— Without Prejudice • Israel Zangwill

... with him, and his voice cut across her speech and made her stop abruptly. She was sore and overstrung, and it was intolerable to her that he should stand within three yards of her unsuspectingly, with an incalculably vast power over her happiness. She was sore with the perplexities of her preposterous position. She was sick of herself, of her life, of everything ...
— Ann Veronica • H. G. Wells

... his office and tried to bury himself in the work that he found there—but his attention wandered; he was overstrung, excited abnormally, so that the whole world stood to him as a strange, unnatural picture, something seen dimly and in exaggerated shapes through coloured glass. That evening with Stephen shone upon him now with all the vigour of colour of a real fact in ...
— Fortitude • Hugh Walpole

... little overstrung. All the while she was powdering her nose in front of a mirror and removing as best she could the traces of tears, and all the while Mrs. Croyle was stammering words and words and words behind her. Joan regretted that Stella ...
— The Summons • A.E.W. Mason

... such things to me,—PLEASE, don't!" And Patty's overstrung nerves gave way, and she ...
— Patty's Butterfly Days • Carolyn Wells

... he gone?" he demanded in an overstrung voice. "Where is he?" He caught at Ann's sleeve in a sudden access of nervous fear. "What shall I do if ...
— T. Tembarom • Frances Hodgson Burnett

... ought to be his essential life. I see that now. It's one of the things this last year or so of loneliness has made me realize; that in so far as I have set out to live the aristocratic life I have failed. Instead I've discovered it—and found myself out. I'm an overstrung man. I go harshly and continuously for one idea. I live as I ride. I blunder through my fences, I take off too soon. I've no natural ease of mind or conduct or body. I am straining to keep hold of ...
— The Research Magnificent • H. G. Wells

... without affection is good for some, and detestable for others. Young people have often hearts more sensitive than one supposes, and by shutting them up thus too soon, far from those they love, we may develop to an excessive extent a sensibility which is of an overstrung kind, and which becomes ...
— The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII. • Guy de Maupassant

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