One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a piano) with strings in sets crossing each other obliquely.
- ‘An overstrung piano has the bass strings running diagonally across the piano, crossing over the treble strings.’
- ‘In a detailed note he explains that because it is not overstrung, the different registers have their own character.’
2dated (of a person) extremely nervous or tense.
nervous, anxious, tense, on edge, edgy, strained, stressed, agitated, apprehensive, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, uneasy, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, with one's stomach in knots, fidgety, fearful, frightened, scared, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, quaking, trembling, shaking, shaking in one's shoes, shaky, on pins and needles, in a cold sweat, fevered, febrileView synonyms
- ‘She's overstrung to-day. If it were you, you'd be in hysterics.’
- ‘Her aunt on one side of her, and Mr. Stephens on the other, did all they could to soothe her, and at last the weary, overstrung girl relapsed into something between a sleep and a faint.’
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