nail biter

nail-biter

[neyl-bahy-ter]
noun
1.
a person who bites his or her nails, especially habitually.
2.
a situation marked by anxiety or tension.
Also, nail biter.


Origin:
1970–75

nail-biting, noun
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nail-biting

[neyl-bahy-ting]
noun
1.
the act or practice of biting one's fingernails, especially as the result of anxiety or nervousness.
2.
Informal. nervousness: The announcement that the trade agreement had been signed ended a week of nail-biting on Wall Street.
adjective
3.
Informal. causing nervousness: The nail-biting part of the canoe trip was through the stretches of white water.

Origin:
1890–95

nail-biter, noun
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nail-biting
 
n
1.  the act or habit of biting one's fingernails
2.  a.  anxiety or tension
 b.  (as modifier): nail-biting suspense

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