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Where did the phrase high strung originate?

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02/15/2007

http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/showthread.php?p=80749 The average medium sized piano has about 230 strings, each string having about 165 pounds of tension, with the combined pull of all strings equaling approximately eighteen tons. A person high strung would very tense, as in a piano. That's where the phrase "high strung" came from.