nervous-Nellie

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nervous-Nellie (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Characterized by worry or anxiety; having a weak, insecure personality.
    • 1993, David Ansen, "Goodbye, Mr. Gibson (film review of The Man Without a Face)," Newsweek, , 30 Aug,
      Woody Allen plays his most frazzled variation on the Woody we know best: a nervous-Nellie urban neurotic kvetching his way through life as a means of avoiding it.

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