skittish


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feeling or exhibiting nervous tension

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unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

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Amid stutter pyrotechnics, emotion-triggering pian and soulful screaming, there's frolicin mockery on the skittish Hip (Ep Poor Boy.
Furthermore on a different vein, If horses are so timid and skittish and easily alarmed is it fair to them and not more of a danger to subject them to main roads and traffic when there has never in history been more cars, lorries, buses and noise on the roads?
They successfully suppressed their most vocally militant elements, recognizing full well that the openly radical face that had appeared during many of the national marches this past spring had been counterproductive, sending an alarm through Middle America and causing skittish politicians in both parties to run for cover.
Robertson cited scheduling conflicts but it's common knowledge he was dumped by skittish NRB officials.
So what could possibly make today's pastoral musicians, clergy, or worshipers the least bit skittish about the emotive sounds of a relatively young addition to the instrumental world--the saxophone?
While some capital providers are more skittish about investing money into the multifamily development market, there are still plenty of players seeking to place funds into the sector," said Eyzenberg.
After Arthur Andersen's demise, the government was understandably skittish about putting another company (particularly another large accounting firm) out of business.
Just when you thought the broadcast networks would be too skittish to foist queer characters and themes on the red states, along come Inconceivable and Crumbs, two new shows from gay writer-producers about gay men and their families.
If budget constraints are making you skittish, though, there are other options.
Selling an innovative pharmaceutical product to the horse industry is difficult because the industry is skittish about giving any new medication to horses.
If, like skittish horses walked out to the auction block, her sculptures seem reluctant to take up their places in this showroom, it is precisely their awkward sense of nonbelonging that makes them so engaging.
Even though many investors are skittish in the current stock market, analysts remain bullish on the natural and organic foods sector, and say long term investors will probably do fine by related stocks.
A British aid worker was shot dead because a skittish Israeli conscript thought his mobile phone was a weapon.
One strategic investor, who was deep into the telecom industry, got skittish and pulled out of the deal, which prompted the other to follow suit, leaving the company to go "hat in hand" to the venture capital community.
The International Monetary Fund agreed to a US$30 billion loan-the bank's biggest ever-for Brazil, but that didn't stop the real from weakening and investors from acting skittish.