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    Default Usage of 'live wire'

    If somebody says " don't talk to him right now, he's a live wire!", meaning the person not to be talked to is upset and might react violently; would this be correct usage! When I checked it out in the dictionary it meant 'lively, full of energy...' and yet it kind of makes sense when used it this context! Is it correctly used?

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    Default Re: Usage of 'live wire'

    I agree with the dictionary definition.

    Monica's a very quiet girl, but her little sister is a real livewire.

    If you wanted to suggest someone was hyper-sensitive, you'd be more likely to refer to electricity like this:

    If you go near him, sparks might fly.

    But you'd be more likely to refer to another sort of explosion:

    Don't go near him - he's on a short fuse.

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    Default Re: Usage of 'live wire'

    Thanks for the quick response!

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    Default Re: Usage of 'live wire'

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnes View Post
    Thanks for the quick response!
    You're welcome, Agnes.

    About 'on a short fuse' - it refers to a temporary condition. If someone is permanently/constitutionally short-tempered, 'he's got a short fuse'.


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