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[hahy-struhng] /ˈhaɪˈstrʌŋ/

at great tension; highly excitable or nervous; edgy:
high-strung nerves; a high-strung person.

also high strung, 1848 in the figurative sense, from high (adj.) + strung. Originally a musical term, with reference to stringed instruments, where it is attested from 1748.


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