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1       adv   Highly is used before some adjectives to mean `very'.  
ADV adj   (=extremely)  
Mr Singh was a highly successful salesman..., ...the highly controversial nuclear energy programme.     
2       adv   You use highly to indicate that someone has an important position in an organization or set of people.  
ADV -ed  
...a highly placed government advisor.     
3       adv   If someone is highly paid, they receive a large salary.  
ADV -ed  
He was the most highly paid member of staff.     
4       adv   If you think highly of something or someone, you think they are very good indeed.  
ADV after v, ADV -ed  
...one of the most highly regarded chefs in the French capital.     

highly strung   , highly-strung  
in AM, use high-strung      If someone is highly strung, they are very nervous and easily upset.      adj  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    decidedly, eminently, exceptionally, extraordinarily, extremely, greatly, immensely, seriously     (informal)   supremely, tremendously, vastly, very, very much  
2    appreciatively, approvingly, enthusiastically, favourably, warmly, well  

highly strung     
easily upset, edgy, excitable, irascible, irritable, nervous, nervy     (Brit. informal)   neurotic, on pins and needles, on tenterhooks, restless, sensitive, stressed, taut, temperamental, tense, tetchy, twitchy     (informal)   wired     (slang)  
   calm, collected, easy-going, even-tempered, laid-back     (informal)   placid, relaxed, serene, unfazed     (informal)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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well-known, intelligent and highly respected person
In the UK, a chav is a highly antisocial juvenile delinquent who wears (usually counterfeit) designer sports clothes and high-end brands and vulgar jewellery (= bling) and listens to rap music.
Very common, colloquial En France on appelle ça un caillera
Abandoning something that one has intimate knowledge of for something unknown and probably highly risky to one's well-being.
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