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as in:  overwrought from lack of sleep

She is exhausted, nervous, and overwrought for good reason.
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  • She is exhausted, nervous, and overwrought for good reason.
  • She is overwrought from pressure and lack of sleep.
  • She pulls a lace-trimmed handkerchief out of her pocket—evidently she had one all along, but was too overwrought to use it before.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • My parents were so overwrought that they gave up having any more children and devoted their lives to doing good work among the poor and hungry.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth

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  • I don’t have time to figure out why I’m here or what he’s playing at with the fake, overwrought cheeriness, because he doesn’t even take a breath, and I wonder if the real Josh Bennett has been abducted by aliens, or maybe the elves carted him off after they got done with my hair.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Laughing at my own overwrought imagination, I moistened the paper in the basin water and worked the stamp gently free.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • There was in his voice the slightly overwrought reverence sometimes used about supreme works of art, yet when I agreed, murmuring a thin "I’ll say she is," Nathan could not even have been faintly aware of my forlorn and jealous passion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We have much to discuss, and you are obviously too overwrought to participate.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • If Jamie were to refuse his oath at this point, I thought he could easily be torn to shreds by the overwrought clansmen around him.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He knew you couldn’t just call a taxi in Jeddah or Riyadh — or so said the guidebooks, all of which were overwrought when it came to elucidating the dangers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to foreign travelers.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • Cynthia panicked, and they argued, overwrought.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • My overwrought senses screeched to a halt.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • You are overwrought and perhaps over-anxious.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Two days after arriving in the latter community, he brazenly knocked on the door of Edward Weston, who was sufficiently charmed by the overwrought young man to humor him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • ’I can get killed flying them, too,’ Dobbs answered pugnaciously in his rough, quavering, overwrought voice.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Scarlett found that it relieved her overwrought nerves.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The awesome power of the new genetic technology, which he had formerly considered to he just so many words in an overwrought sales pitch-the power suddenly became clear to him.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • It was ridiculous! she was dreaming! her nerves were overwrought, and she saw signs and mysteries in the most trivial coincidences.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Such sick dreams always remain long in the memory and make a powerful impression on the overwrought and deranged nervous system.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I felt myself being drawn into that strange domain where the overwrought imagination of Edgar Allan Poe was at home.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It happened in that fashion that men call illusion, or the imaginings of people overwrought, or an intimation of the divine.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Inside their cedar tree they spoke of everything in the intense and overwrought manner of teenagers and he found that she had many moods.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Langdon found Bellamy’s sense of drama to be somewhat overwrought.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • When we were locked in each other’s arms, my overwrought feelings could no longer be restrained.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • You are so distressed, so overwrought, that you look at many things mistakenly.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Both parents, overwrought with too little money and too many children, fiercely swung the belt-or anything they could grab.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I had a mind to visit the high shrines, For Oedipus is overwrought, alarmed With terrors manifold.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • His mother noticed how overwrought he was.
    D. H. Lawrence  --  The Rocking-Horse Winner
  • His works, culminating in the overwrought and infamous, if not always successful, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, opened the way for more sexual directness.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It was almost Christmas and thousands of overwrought travelers jostled each other, hurrying toward flights they hoped would deliver them to their families in time.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Leonard looked white and overwrought.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The problem was that with just under a month to go until the exams and every free moment devoted to revision, his mind seemed so saturated with information when he went to bed he found it very difficult to get to sleep at all; and when he did, his overwrought brain presented him most nights with stupid dreams about the exams.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Perhaps you’d like to play a rubber now? I now you’re going to stay up to meet the plane, and I’m too overwrought to sleep.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • To my surprise I found myself quite popular and very likely I’d have been cured of my overwrought sensibilities except for two things.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • I’m overwrought.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It was small wonder if the maid were taken with the picture we presented, of a poor, sick, overwrought lad and his most tender comrade.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Her lover must have guessed her overwrought state, and invented some excuse for her non-appearance, for no inquiries were made or calls given.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • You are overwrought, Sarah.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Pollard, surely overwrought from the reducing, lost control.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Stella could, and did, act as though it was no use answering the accusations of an overwrought woman.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Presently he said, "I shall feel better when I get to bed; I have been overwrought today; yes, and overworked for many days."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • She has been overwrought lately.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I don’t happen to see any comparison whatsoever between the Lord and a rundown, overwrought little college girl that’s been reading too many religious books and all like that!
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • ’You were described as being overwrought — "raving" was the word that was used and making astonishing accusations relative to your wife, yes.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • We had a merry enough time trimming the hat with silk flowers and bows, although several times I broke down in tears because I was overwrought.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Inside were papers identifying this tragic suicide, this overwrought woman so burdened with grief she took her own life while seeking absolution in the eyes of God.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • What can one say about such a tragedy? I was already overwrought about my wife, I was still grieving for my mother, and then to hear such news . I do not have words to express thesorrow, or the loss I felt.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • V Though it was Paul who had seemed overwrought, Babbitt who had been the protecting big brother, Paul became clear-eyed and merry, while Babbitt sank into irritability.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The world transformed into a gauzy overcast fog empire, and my eyes could no longer focus on the overwrought faces that attacked me from all sides.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And at that moment, Mrs. Alden, in court with her husband and Emily, and overwrought, not only by the long strain of the trial but this particular evidence, uttering a whimpering yet clear cry and then falling forward in a faint.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
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