Main definitions of a bag (or bundle) of nerves in English

: a bag (or bundle) of nerves1a bag (or bundle) of nerves2

a bag (or bundle) of nerves1

phrase

  • See bag

    see nerve
    • ‘Lapentti was a distracted bundle of nerves for most of his match against Rusedski and was often the man at fault in yesterday's doubles, despite his younger brother's brave efforts to restore some family pride.’
    • ‘Amateur musicians often make such disclaimers before playing a recital-performers are usually a bundle of nerves, fidgets, and incessant motion.’
    • ‘He is certainly composed but beneath the mask of elegant good manners the man is a bundle of nerves.’
    • ‘If it hadn't been for Sara's history and her familiarity with being stared at and summed up by similar measuring glances, she would have been a bundle of nerves in the first few minutes.’
    • ‘It began with Henman announcing, as boldly as any bundle of nerves can, that he would win Wimbledon.’
    • ‘‘For not being nervous you sure are a bundle of nerves,’ Nathan teased before he walked to the back of the church to join Marie who was trying to calm Lisa.’
    • ‘Saturday was the day of brother Kev's big gig, and consequently I was a bundle of nerves.’
    • ‘I was just timid in general when it came to people I didn't know very well, but… adults especially had the power to turn me into a quivering bundle of nerves.’
    • ‘She had wanted to work with the director, she says, ‘come hell or high water ‘, to the extent that she was a bundle of nerves when it came to her audition.’’
    • ‘And yet the touch on my wrist meant he still thought I was a quaking bundle of nerves beneath the irrefutable points I'd been making against him.’
    • ‘I well remember the intense security arrangements, being told exactly what would happen, where and when, and being quite a bundle of nerves!’
    • ‘‘We're all a bundle of nerves but this is an incredible opportunity and one which we are honored to embrace,’ she told Armed Forces Entertainment, who organized the tour.’
    • ‘As for my experience, I am always a bundle of nerves before I hit the stage at the Bowl, and once I step out and feel the energy, I'm ignited.’
    • ‘The Portuguese fans were a bundle of nerves, out-shouted by their hordes from Athens and the isles.’
    • ‘He was a bundle of nerves, but that was to be expected.’
    • ‘On Wednesday night, Lily was a bundle of nerves.’
    • ‘Mr Quinn said he was a bundle of nerves when he turned up for the first day of filming in July.’
    • ‘I was a bundle of nerves throughout Friday, not because I doubted the Bulldogs' ability to pull off the win, but because as a player you are so focused on all aspects of your game preparation that nerves are only a periphery phenomenon.’
    • ‘When I got home that night, I was a bundle of nerves.’
    • ‘Mr. Thomas cleared his throat, ‘Speaking of Faith, Josh shouldn't keep her waiting, she is probably a bundle of nerves as it is.’’

Main definitions of a bag (or bundle) of nerves in English

: a bag (or bundle) of nerves1a bag (or bundle) of nerves2

a bag (or bundle) of nerves2

phrase

informal
  • Someone who is extremely anxious or tense.

    ‘when her relationship started getting serious, she became a bag of nerves’
    • ‘The character on bass, who I believe is Eric Melvin from NOFX, makes a fine MC, nicely managing the exits and entrances of various drunkards, narcissists, and bags of nerves.’
    • ‘I think it's odd how a succession of good, competent defenders have turned into bags of nerves who make mistakes within a month of playing next to Bramble.’
    restless person, bundle of nerves
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