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[nurv-rak-ing] /ˈnɜrvˌræk ɪŋ/
extremely irritating, annoying, or trying:
a nerve-racking day; a nerve-racking noise.
Also, nerve-wracking.
Origin of nerve-racking
1805-15 Unabridged
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  • In this month's column, we'll discuss some strategies for that nerve-racking problem.
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  • Ultimately, editing turns out to be even more nerve-racking than recording.
  • In the early years of flight, getting an aircraft into the air might have been nerve-racking, but it was hardly complex.
  • The nerve-racking ride that ensued foreshadowed his current wild adventure.
  • Yet, despite this nerve-racking spasm, the recorded figures suggest that the violence is still in retreat.
  • It can be a nerve-racking search for that car-propelling fuel.
  • But this is nonetheless a nerve-racking time for everyone else.
British Dictionary definitions for nerve-racking


very distressing, exhausting, or harrowing
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Word Origin and History for nerve-racking

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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