Bundle of Nerves, a

Also: A Bag of Nerves

Meaning Of Idiom ‘A Bundle of Nerves’

A bundle of nerves is a very anxious, nervous, anxious, tense, fearful or jittery person. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Brenner, Gail Abel.  Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.


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Examples Of Use

“I’m always a bundle of nerves before a competition.”

“On the first day of college, I was a bundle of nerves. The second day I was bored to death having to sit through all those lectures!”

“I just want this bickering to end. I’m a bundle of nerves.”

“Ever since I had an accident I’m a bag of nerves every time I drive.”

Origin

Used since the late 1800s. 4Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Nerves has been used as a metaphor for nervousness or distress since at least the 1800s and may owe to medical theories pertaining to “weak or sensitive nerves” thought to be the cause of anxiety or agitation.

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Sources   [ + ]

1, 4. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
3. Brenner, Gail Abel.  Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.