Definitions

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  • adjective Agitated; excited.

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  • adjective excited, stimulated or agitated; worked up

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Examples

  • I don't get as wrought-up about minutiae, but I also probably miss some of the transient highs of people whose lifespan is limited to here and now.

    INTERVIEW: C.J. Cherryh

  • In these wrought-up times, it's a persona that has considerable appeal to the grass roots of the Democratic Party, if not, as yet, to the nation at large.

    Feeling Dean's Pain

  • It looked to him, in his highly wrought-up state, that he was not only being second-guessed but mocked by the commander-in-chief, Pacific Fleet.

    Sea of Thunder

  • It looked to him, in his highly wrought-up state, that he was not only being second-guessed but mocked by the commander-in-chief, Pacific Fleet.

    Sea of Thunder

  • I was so wrought-up, I felt a shiver, like a sailor when someone whistles at sea.

    The Mask of Apollo

  • The wrought-up, quickened pulse I always felt to some extent when cantering down to the start of a race was unduly magnified, so that I could hear my own heart beating.

    Dead Cert

  • Those last few seconds seemed fairly to crawl, so wrought-up was the waiting scout; but finally he concluded that it was no use holding off any longer.

    The Banner Boy Scouts Afloat or, the Secret of Cedar Island

  • If one victim appeased his nervous fervor the trial was over but if his wrought-up feelings desired more his screechings continued until a second victim was secured.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 1

  • Even Larry, barefooted now, and with both hands tightly clenched, such was his wrought-up condition, stood and watched with burning eyes as the aeroplane sank lower and lower in its forward swoop.

    The Airplane Boys among the Clouds or, Young Aviators in a Wreck

  • William E. Dodge had the courage to face the wrought-up Chief Magistrate, chafed with his narrow escape from the assassins of the railroad journey from

    The Lincoln Story Book

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