or nail bit·er
[ neyl-bahy-ter ]
/ ˈneɪlˌbaɪ tər /
a person who bites his or her nails, especially habitually.
a situation marked by anxiety or tension.
Origin of nail-biter
Related formsnail-bit·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for nail-biter
The passage of health-care reform will suddenly shift from sure-thing to nail-biter.
He'd been a nail-biter when he was a kid, but he'd kicked the habit when we got to high school.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow