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- UK [ˈnɜː(r)vəs] / US [ˈnɜrvəs]
Metaphor:When you feel nervous it is like being pulled, tied or stretched tightly. When you relax, it is like becoming loose again. I was feeling a bit tense. ♦ I find running is a good way to release tension. ♦ Her voice was high and strained. ♦ There's no need to get so wound up about it. ♦ I've been really strung out lately. ♦ She's so highly-strung, she needs very sensitive handling. ♦ I felt taut and tense with nerves. ♦ I don't know why he gets so uptight about things. ♦ Her stomach seemed to be tying itself in knots. ♦ You should try to loosen up a bit. ♦ It's good to unwind at the end of the day. ♦ Just let go of all your worries. ♦ I told her to hang loose and stop worrying. ♦ It's a place where people can let their hair down. ➡ feeling1) feeling excited and worried, or slightly afraidget nervous:
Driving on mountain roads always makes me nervous.nervous about:
I got very nervous waiting for my turn to be called.nervous of:
She was nervous about walking home so late.
He's always been a little nervous of change.a) showing that someone is feeling nervous
Callum gave a slightly nervous laugh.b) a nervous illness or medical condition is caused by worry, or by working too hard, so that you feel excited when you want to relax
headaches caused by nervous tension2) a nervous person becomes easily excited and reacts quickly to things in a way that shows they are not relaxed
a nervous, fidgety young man3) relating to the system of nerves in your body
a nervous complaint•
He shifted in his chair nervously.
English dictionary. 2014.