high-strung high-strung

Definition(s):

  • (adj) being in a tense state

Usage(s):

  1. It can be awkward, because Jobs is high-strung and he expects you to be impressed.
  2. At 30, the hardworking, high-strung scholar became a full professor.
  3. In ways too obscure or subtle to analyze, this great work, written in 1922, vibrated like a tuning fork to the pitch of high-strung post-World War I survivors.

News

  • North Korea launches charm offensive, talks with South set for next week

    North and South Korea agreed in principle Thursday to hold their first official talks for several years next week, signaling a thaw in frosty cross-border relations after months of high-strung diplomatic tensions and military exercises on both sides of the divided peninsula. The breakthrough, which some are attributing to a ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: The Washington Times

Quotes

  1. "You would have kind of thought that they would have thought (Edwards' note) was funny, but it apparently got a little heated," said Waltrip, now a Fox analyst. "You're looking at two of the probably most high-strung drivers in either garage...
    on Oct 10, 2008 By: Darrell Waltrip Source: USA Today

  2. "I think Teri was upset for a number of reasons," Zeman said. "She is, out of all the women, oddly, the most sensitive and maybe the most high-strung. She cries easily and I think it was a big surprise to her that not only had a rule been...
    on Apr 5, 2005 By: Ned Zeman Source: NBC 11.com

  3. "You anticipated that the first time the guy starts, that he's going to be a little high-strung. And he was," Edwards said. "He threw a lot of high balls. He threw some balls that you wish you could take back. We've given up 30 points on...
    on Sep 23, 2008 By: Herm Edwards Source: International Herald Tribune

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