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as in:  frayed nerves

The constant pressure has frayed her nerves.
  emotionally strained (worn thin)
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  • The constant pressure has frayed her nerves.
  • Their relationship is fraying.
  • We need more than such frayed reasoning to take such a step.
  • He looked like he was fraying at the edges.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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  • His nerves are frayed.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • "You’ve got until sunrise," said Magnus, temper visibly fraying.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Your patience would fray, you’d soon head for home .
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • That was before we knew about the fraying wires in his skull.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Every morning it’s the same: the Americans ever closer, the Germans fraying at the seams.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • His voice trailed off, but I picked up the frayed ends of his thought all the same—how could I not?
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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  • I tried to stay calm, but the way he spat the word out—Blue—rankled my already frayed nerves.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
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