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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Example sentences
But it also meant a nail-biting journey in the car with my father, for whom
  driving was sport.
The government clearly faces some nail-biting months.
Public opinion and local planners are often more sceptical than national
  authorities-so getting permits is a nail-biting business.
But snapping the perfect shot of the jaw shattering bone is a nail-biting
  trial-and-error process.
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