adjective Date: 1748 having an extremely nervous or sensitive temperament

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  • High-strung — a. Strung to a high pitch; spirited; sensitive; as, a high strung horse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • High Strung — Données clés Titre original High Strung Réalisation Roger Nygard Scénario Robert Kuhn Steve Oedekerk Acteurs principaux Steve Oedekerk Thomas F. Wilson Fred Willard Jim Carrey …   Wikipédia en Français

  • high-strung — also high strung, 1848 in the figurative sense, from HIGH (Cf. high) (adj.) + STRUNG (Cf. strung). Originally a musical term, with reference to stringed instruments, where it is attested from 1748 …   Etymology dictionary

  • high-strung — adjective AMERICAN a high strung person becomes angry or emotional very quickly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • high-strung — index hot blooded, sensitive (easily affected) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • high-strung — strəŋ adj having an extremely nervous or sensitive temperament …   Medical dictionary

  • high-strung — high′ strung′ adj. highly sensitive or nervous in temperament …   From formal English to slang

  • high-strung — [adj] nervous all shook up*, choked*, easily upset, edgy, excitable, fidgety, hyper*, impatient, irascible, irritable, jittery, jumpy, nervy, neurotic, on pins and needles*, on ragged edge, restless, sensitive, spooked*, stressed, taut,… …   New thesaurus

  • high-strung — [hī′struŋ′] adj. [from the tuning of stringed instruments] highly sensitive or nervous and tense …   English World dictionary

  • high-strung — adjective being in a tense state • Syn: ↑edgy, ↑highly strung, ↑jittery, ↑jumpy, ↑nervy, ↑overstrung, ↑restive, ↑uptight • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • High Strung — Infobox Film name=High Strung caption = The movie cover for High Strung . imdb id=0102032 writer=Robert Kuhn Steve Oedekerk starring=Steve Oedekerk Thomas F. Wilson Fred Willard Jim Carrey director=Roger Nygard music=Vladimir Horunzhy Thomas… …   Wikipedia

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