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nail-biter

or 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.
Origin of nail-biter
1970-75
Related forms
nail-biting, noun
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  • He'd been a nail-biter when he was a kid, but he'd kicked the habit when we got to high school.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
Slang definitions & phrases for nail-biter

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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