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feeling or exhibiting nervous tension

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unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

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Well, except for the cat, who has not adjusted well and who still skittishly jumps at anything heading toward him on wheels.
Within minutes, two black-clad members of staff skittishly knocked on the door.
Significantly, this coy mistress is imaged as 'a three-year-old filly cavorting skittishly in the big fields' (The Odes of Horace, trans.
To the east it is bounded by what is probably the best-known landfall in the world--the sky-scraping Royal Liver Building, with its masthead eyrie of 'liver' birds, the solid, foursquare, down-to-earth Cunard Building, and the skittishly cupolaed Dock Board Offices Building, with, solemnly presiding over all, the black fret-work lantern of the Mariners' Church.
Crafting characters who think seriously, if sometimes skittishly, about intellectual subjects is probably one of Dybek's most noteworthy accomplishments.
Yancey's horse, already dancing skittishly from the noise, went wild as the firing intensified and galloped away uncontrollably, carrying Yancey with it.
Wall Street investment is free to skittishly stampede in and out of countries, producing crippling financial crises.
Now, in Bay of Souls, this element shrinks down to a few lines of cocaine and a couple of joints skittishly consumed.
The same analysts are less positive on Kenya, however, a country that is skittishly courting full market liberalisarion, but has not made the strides reported by its two neighbouring countries.
My relatives all live in the Bay Area and I adore them, but they are all as skittishly self-obsessed as I am, which I certainly mean in the nicest possible way.
Westfall's linear networks skittishly dance in a way that keeps the eye moving and delighted.
Providing further gravity to the Assembly consideration is the fact that other international bodies are beginning, albeit skittishly, to look more carefully at how they implement trade privileges for goods produced not in Israel, but in Israeli settlements built in occupied territory.
Far from being unresponsive to popular will, politicians have become skittishly sensitive to public opinion.
Traders have bid the market skittishly higher in early market action.
On the other hand, we found the first telecast's progression too skittishly sketchy and unfocused, jumping from one "formally historical" event or "subjectively humanizing" anecdote to the next.