One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nervous, anxious, worried, apprehensive, on edge, edgy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated, 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, febrile
with butterflies in one's stomach, twitchy, in a state, uptight, wired, in a stew, all of a dither, all of a doodah, in a sweat, in a flap, in a tizz, in a tizzy, all of a lather, het up, in a twitter
British strung up, stressy, windy, having kittens, like a cat on hot bricks
North American spooky, squirrelly, in a twit
NZ Australian toey
British vulgar slang shitting bricks, bricking oneself
cool, calm, relaxed, laid-back
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