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HIGH. This word has various significations: 1. Principal or chief, as high constable, high sheriff. 2. Prominent, in a bad sense, as high treason. 3. Open, not confined, as high seas.

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Convinced Jeff is going to swing by at any second, Eileen is a highly-strung bundle of nerves.
Illegal Senegalese immigrant Samba, who has lived ten years in Paris, meets highly-strung case worker Alice.
He makes two good friends: a highly-strung girl and a genuine, loyal boy.
INTERESTING comments have appeared on Facebook from a local mum on the St Chris school run, blasting expats and accusing them of being uptight and highly-strung."The looks on the faces, the hand signals and general attitude is really quite sad.
He is a highly-strung horses and you have to keep a lid on him.
He claimed a British obsession with being highly-strung, football rule changes and even the player's poor balance make him an easy target for critics who brand him a cheat.
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"If I spread myself too It had thin I'm not a good actor, I'm not a good mother, and I'm just really highly-strung - then everybody hates me."
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COLD TO THE TOUCH by Frances Fyfield (Sphere, pounds 19.99) A DARK tale of butchery in every sense, it opens in London's Smithfield Market, where the highly-strung Jess is trying to catch up with the man she believes to be the love of her life.
Jennifer Garner (Jenny) and Robert Forster (Sgt Volkom) are wasted and, set against the background of the marriage of Connor's younger brother Paul (Breckin Meyer) to the highly-strung Sandra (Lacey Chabert), McConaughey frequently seems miscast - where's Owen Wilson when you need him?
Highly-strung violinist Yarlsberg has visions of the perfect concert and the ever-enthusiastic Mr Abanathie aims to please with a variety of instruments.