One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative Upset and anxious.‘she didn't get too wrought up about things’
agitated, in a state of agitation, tense, stressed, overwrought, nervous, in a state of nerves, on edge, edgy, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, ruffled, flustered, flurried, perturbed, disquieted, fretful, fearful, frightened, scared, with one's heart in one's mouth, with one's stomach in knots, like a cat on a hot tin roof, shaking in one's shoes, on pins and needles, in a cold sweatView synonyms
- ‘All the emotions previously felt, then buried beneath the surface were wrought up again; old scars reopened.’
- ‘The Massachusetts historian Mercy Otis Warren, a contemporary of these events, warned of ‘discontents artificially wrought up, by men who wished for a more strong and splendid government.’’
- ‘This is because, even though they're trying to shoot to kill, their overbalance of hysterical emotion leaves them with hair-trigger tempers, often so wrought up that they're hotter than a two-dollar pistol.’
- ‘But I want to intersperse the two because, if I keep doing dramatic things, they'll have to put me in a cage because I get so emotionally wrought up.’
wrought up/ˌrôt ˈəp/
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