Once I listened to a song and there were some strange words that I can't understand. I have searched for the lyrics and found various results:

  1. My nervous system is shot all right.
  2. My nervous system is shut all right.

Which one is right? Is it an idiom? How could I better understand it, and what does it mean?

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There is an idiom; my nerves are shot to pieces, or similar wording. It refers to a state of being very nervous, lacking in confidence.

The derivation is from the First World War when soldiers who experienced trench warfare suffered from Shell Shock, a mental condition resulting in, amongst other things, extreme nervousness.


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