Definition of be strung out in English:

be strung out

phrasal verb

  • 1Be nervous or tense.

    ‘I often felt strung out by daily stresses’
    • ‘Lizzie is the epitome of a Type-A personality - ambitious, motivated, uptight, and strung out.’
    • ‘She said Murdoch had been away for a week, and when he came to see her on his return, he looked strung out.’
    • ‘Surely with all their calm, reflective, sober hours, they'd be way less strung out?’
    • ‘Of this ‘boyfriend’ group, there is a sub-group that is doubly nervous and strung out!’
    • ‘He's professional, he's smooth, he's never late, he's not strung out, his appearance is immaculate.’
    • ‘I'm feeling permanently exhausted and strung out.’
    • ‘This week Monkey Boy and Andrew G Spot are almost entirely unremarkable in appearance, except that Monkey Boy seems to be having difficulties blinking and looks really strung out.’
    • ‘There have been many frustrating aspects of having to do this job in order to pay for my PhD, but this must be one of the worst - it leaves you strung out.’
    • ‘And judging by the way I was so strung out when I got here that anything could start tears, a bit more space would be ‘useful’.’
    • ‘Factor in his appointment with the neurologist at the hospital this morning and it's no wonder that last night found me more than a little strung out and unable to sleep.’
    tense, nervous, on edge, edgy, overwrought, jumpy, keyed up, worked up, agitated, restive
    tense, nervous, on edge, edgy, overwrought, jumpy, keyed up, worked up, agitated, restive
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    1. 1.1North American Be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
      ‘he died, strung out on booze’
      • ‘The only dignified explanation is that maybe he was completely strung out and just sat in the corner dribbling while somebody else made the film.’
      • ‘A glorious blast of atonal thrum somehow makes being strung out seem seedily glamorous.’
      • ‘You know what I mean - they're strung out, they have a mental illness, they have some kind of obvious disability, or whatever.’
      • ‘Come Sunday night, I'm usually strung out, always broke and dreading five more days of forced labour.’
      • ‘Some girls were so strung out on drugs they didn't know what they were doing.’
      • ‘How many kids have they left behind, dead and strung out, him and his brother?’
      • ‘You do things for money when you're strung out that you regret, you know.’
      • ‘My brother got out of the army in Germany and came back strung out on opiates, and that's when it began for me.’
      • ‘I was homeless, eating out of garbage cans, strung out and whatever, but I wouldn't change anything for the world.’
      • ‘I am still rather hungover and strung out from last night.’