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used to talk about someone being worried or frightened
somebody's nerves are on edge/in tatters/frayed
someone feels very worried or frightened
calm/steady your nerves
stop yourself feeling worried or frightened
Sean drank a large glass of brandy to calm his nerves.
be a bundle/bag of nerves
be extremely worried or frightened
I remember you were a bundle of nerves on your wedding day.
the feeling of being worried or a little frightened
A lot of people
suffer from nerves
before they go on stage.
'What's wrong with Rachel?' 'It's just nerves. She's got her driving test tomorrow.'
exam/first-night etc nerves
nerves are parts inside your body which look like threads and carry messages between the brain and other parts of the body
a condition which affects the nerves in the back
a nerve that has been crushed between two muscles etc, causing pain
courage and confidence in a dangerous, difficult, or frightening situation
the nerve to do something
Not many people
have the nerve
to stand up and speak in front of a large audience.
found the nerve
to tell him she wanted a divorce.
It takes a lot of nerve
to report a colleague for sexual harassment.
lose your nerve
suddenly become very nervous so that you cannot do what you intended to do
Jensen would've won if he hadn't lost his nerve.
hold/keep your nerve
remain calm in a difficult situation
It's hard to keep your nerve when people keep interrupting you.
get on somebody's nerves
if someone gets on your nerves, they annoy you, especially by doing something all the time
She's always moaning. It really gets on my nerves.
lack of respect
if you say someone has a nerve, you mean that they have done something unsuitable or impolite, without seeming to be embarrassed about behaving in this way
got a nerve
asking for more money.
'She didn't say sorry or anything.' '
What a nerve
have the nerve to do something
She lets me do all the work, and then she has the nerve to criticize my cooking.
touch/hit a (raw) nerve
to mention something that makes someone upset, angry, or embarrassed, especially accidentally
Without realizing, he had touched a raw nerve.
nerves of steel
the ability to be brave and calm in a dangerous or difficult situation
The job requires nerves of steel.
➔ strain every nerve
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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