Nervous Nellie

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Nervous Nellie

An unduly risk-averse investor. Nervous Nellies tend to invest in fixed-income securities. If they invest in stocks at all, they tend to sell at the first negative sign, resulting in a loss.
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Where Irish were a bunch of nervous nellies for much of the first half, Bristol were patient in attack and clinical in defence.
For those nervous nellies that may have doubted the outcome of the U.
Of course, there were those Nervous Nellies who insisted on pointing out that the economy is still shaky and that the "geopolitical situation" (a euphemism for war on Iraq) might throw a monkey wrench into things.
If the kids at the kitchen party are listless, sensation-craving miscreants--or alternatively, nervous Nellies paralyzed by their fear of parental punishment--there's plenty of reason for it.