His nerves were frayed to the quick. In his building anxiety he constructed elaborate rationalizations for why everything would turn out alright, but still the nagging voice in the back of his mind spoke of nothing but doom ahead.

By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, December 17, 2013.

Colton's frazzled nerves jumped all together, and in different directions.

By mikeb, December 1, 2013.

Found in The Flying Death, authored by Samuel Hopkins Adams.