If someone is highly-strung, they are very nervous and easily upset.

He was sensitive and highly-strung, and she had always tried to shield him from his father's sarcasm and violence.


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  • highly-strung — British & Australian, American nervous and easily upset. Anna has always been highly strung, whereas her brother is one of the most relaxed people you could meet …   New idioms dictionary

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