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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 of nail-biting
1890-1895
1890-95
Related forms
nail-biter, noun
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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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