Definitions

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of overwind.
  • adjective figuratively, uncommon Nervous, tense, jumpy.

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Examples

  • An overwound clock began unraveling in her chest, time spinning out of control as she fought for breath.

    The Home for Broken Hearts

  • Barthelmess mostly fares okay, other than a few over-the-top speeches, but the fresh-faced Fairbanks can't shake a kind of gee-whiz naiveté, and William Janney, playing Scott's younger brother Donny, is even more overwound.

    The Dawn Patrol (1930)

  • I was cast into story conflict without even the teeniest chance of caring about it, and the writer kept the pacing so overwound that there was never an opportunity for correcting the fatal flaw.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Beginnings

  • As if that's not bad enough, my pipettes were pilfered by the student/postdocs and are now broken, overwound and/or covered in a sludge that may or may not be biological waste.

    Messy labs - Part 2

  • There's Lumiere, a candelabra with the pizzazz of Maurice Chevalier; Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers), an overwound mantle clock with a taste for puns ( "If it's not baroque, don't fix it"); a warm English teapot (Angela Lansbury) and her baby cup, Chip.

    Just The Way Walt Made 'Em

  • So her spring is, shall we say, just a tiny bit overwound, he said.

    The Merlot Murders

  • So her spring is, shall we say, just a tiny bit overwound, he said.

    The Merlot Murders

  • The question issuing from Shitworth Whitworth MA, a sarcastic man who appeared to have been overwound, whose skin vibrated like a percussion instrument when he was upset, and who owned the biggest collection of detachable stiff white collars, always worn with blue and pink striped shirts, and always half a size too tight, any of us had ever seen.

    Kalooki Nights

  • So her spring is, shall we say, just a tiny bit overwound, he said.

    The Merlot Murders

  • So her spring is, shall we say, just a tiny bit overwound, he said.

    The Merlot Murders

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