nervous energy


: energy activated by one's nerves
I have a lot of nervous energy.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the clip that made its way to social media, Bassett’s expectant nervous energy gives way to a soft sadness when Curtis’s name is announced. Vulture, 16 Mar. 2023 Fans were quick to observe that Normal People star Mescal, whose performance in Aftersun nabbed him an Oscar nomination for best actor, seemed to have some nervous energy around Zendaya. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 27 Feb. 2023 Then two desperate friends, and later one of their mothers, show up wielding scads of nervous energy. Dallas News, 22 Feb. 2023

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“Nervous energy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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