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nail-biting

[neyl-bahy-ting] /ˈneɪlˌbaɪ tɪŋ/
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
1890-1895
1890-95
Related forms
nail-biter, noun

nail-biter

[neyl-bahy-ter] /ˈneɪlˌbaɪ tər/
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
Related forms
nail-biting, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nail biting

nail-biting

noun
1.
the act or habit of biting one's fingernails
2.
  1. anxiety or tension
  2. (as modifier): nail-biting suspense
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Slang definitions & phrases for nail biting

nail-biter

noun

Something very worrying and suspenseful: If Lucas looked this nervous as the Spurs were blowing out the Clippers, how would he react during a nail-biter?/ The gain in compliance cases brought by the SEC has been a nail-biter for brokerage executives (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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