nervy

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nerve +‎ -y

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nervy (comparative nervier, superlative nerviest)

  1. (US) Having nerve; bold; brazen.
  2. (UK) Feeling nervous, anxious or agitated.
    • 2012 May 9, John Percy, “Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report”, the Telegraph:
      Blackpool continue to thrive on the adrenalin rush of the end-of-season shoot-out and are heading for a second Wembley date in two years after negotiating a nervy path past Birmingham.
  3. (archaic) Strong; sinewy.
    his nervy knees — Keats.

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