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nervous, excitable, temperamental, sensitive, unstable, brittle, easily upset, easily agitated, on edge, edgy, jumpy, keyed up, irritable, fidgety, restive, restless, anxious, tense, taut, stressed, overwrought, neuroticView synonyms
- ‘Sophie proves to be a pretty, overanxious, often stammering young woman, sometimes unable to finish a spoken sentence.’
- ‘There is also a category of overanxious drivers who start revving up their vehicles when 15 to 20 seconds are still left for the green signal to light up.’
- ‘Before, he'd try to do too much or be overanxious.’
- ‘But Pete has concealed the job from everyone, especially his overanxious mother, who regards the city as a dangerous place that swallows up feckless visitors like Pete's father, who is absent or dead.’
- ‘Even if no lawsuit is filed, it can be quite unsettling to deal with overanxious beneficiaries who want their inheritances immediately.’
- ‘The hitters have been overanxious and are pressing too much in clutch situations.’
- ‘He's still undisciplined, overanxious and - currently - saddled with injuries, but fun to watch regardless.’
- ‘This is meant as a pleasant diversion where even the fight scenes lack force, apparently so as not to make the audience of teenage girls overanxious.’
- ‘An overanxious public relations person assigned to promoting Office 2003 among reviewers has been e-mailing me regularly, nervously asking what my reviews are going to say.’
- ‘But in the hands of an overanxious company executive it can just as easily become a chilly fog that obfuscates the common truth.’
- ‘Being overanxious to beat Jeremy, I took off after the first noise I heard, and startled a couple of field mice.’
- ‘I am a little overanxious for his input into long-range planning.’
- ‘I was dying to go walk down to dinner with him, but I didn't want to seem overanxious.’
- ‘He lambastes overanxious pop rappers, racial tension, and society's preconceptions in a nasal hopscotch speed rap over frantic instrumentals.’
- ‘It seems like nothing more than a hypochondriacal disorder or the ramblings of an overanxious person.’
- ‘As I said, when he thinks visitors might be interested in his story, he gets a bit overanxious to show them everything.’
- ‘In my overanxious state, I started looking around the crowd mostly to alleviate the boredom of the MC who had been announcing the night's festivities for over five minutes.’
- ‘When the team puts runners in scoring position, hitters are overanxious and tend to swing at bad pitches early in the count.’
- ‘He's a little more patient; in previous years, he seemed overanxious.’
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