Saturday, April 09, 2011
Definitions for tenterhooks
- On tenterhooks, in a state of uneasy suspense or painful anxiety.
- One of the hooks or bent nails that hold cloth stretched on a tenter.
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Citations for tenterhooks
"I wait on tenterhooks to see if my ploy of last night will yield the desired outcome."
"Such as the fact that this Sevarin has been dangling after Miss Stone in earnest, and the village seems to be hanging on tenterhooks in expectation of a betrothel announcement."
Origin of tenterhooks
Tenterhooks usually occurs in the idiomatic phrase "on tenterhooks," from the type of hook that that hold cloth stretched on a tenter.