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nerve-racking

or nerve-wracking

[nurv-rak-ing] /ˈnɜrvˌræk ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely irritating, annoying, or trying:
a nerve-racking day; a nerve-racking noise.
Origin of nerve-racking
1805-1815
1805-15
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  • We were only on the watch for some untoward happening; that made it nerve wracking.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • Waiting for the two-bit elevator was nerve wracking; hospitals always have such poky elevators.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for nerve wracking

nerve-racking

adjective
1.
very distressing, exhausting, or harrowing
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Word Origin and History for nerve wracking

nerve-racking

adj.

also nerveracking, 1812, from nerve + present participle of verbal sense of rack (n.1).

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