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Nervous Nellie

DEFINITION

(Old fashioned) Worrisome. Nellie is a female name and is used as an alliteration for a nervous gal. (Compare to Worry-wart.)

“When Covid-19 pandemic hit, my mom became a real nervous Nellie and was cleaning everything all the time.”

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