bust a string

bust a string
   to become mentally unbalanced
   Probably alluding to tennis rather than playing a fiddle:
    I thought that owl had bust a string. I thought its body-clock was out of sync. But there you go. Owls are smarter than squirrels. (O'Hanlon, 1996)

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