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UK [ˈnɜː(r)vəs] / US [ˈnɜrvəs] adjective
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.  feeling
1) feeling excited and worried, or slightly afraid

Driving on mountain roads always makes me nervous.

get nervous:

I got very nervous waiting for my turn to be called.

nervous about:

She was nervous about walking home so late.

nervous of:

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

nervous exhaustion/strain

headaches caused by nervous tension

2) a nervous person becomes easily excited and reacts quickly to things in a way that shows they are not relaxed

a nervous, fidgety young man

3) relating to the system of nerves in your body

a nervous complaint


Derived words:
nervously
adverb

He shifted in his chair nervously.


nervousness
noun uncountable

English dictionary. 2014.

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