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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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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.
Its infectious style of satire centres on the highly-strung shenanigans of widow Mrs Agnes Brown and her brood.
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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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.
He obviously feels an infinity for highly-strung stars with problems and a tendency to go off the rails.