One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they kept their fingers crossed but they weren't too worried’
anxious, disturbed, perturbed, troubled, bothered, distressed, concerned, upset, distraught, worried sick, disquieted, uneasy, ill at ease, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, edgy, on edge, like a cat on a hot tin roof, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, stressed, under stress
distracted, apprehensive, fearful, afraid, frightened, scared, with one's heart in one's mouth, quaking, trembling, shaking in one's shoes, in a cold sweat
informal uptight, a bundle of nerves, on tenterhooks, with butterflies in one's stomach, hassled, jittery, twitchy, in a state, wired, in a stew, in a dither, all of a dither, in a flap, in a sweat, in a tizz, in a tizzy, all of a lather, het up, in a twitter, rattled
British informal strung up, stressy, windy, having kittens
North American informal antsy, spooky, spooked, squirrelly, in a twit
NZ Australian informal toey
British vulgar slang shitting bricks, bricking oneself
dated overstrung, unquiet
carefree, calm, unconcerned
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