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nail-biter

or nail bit·er

[neyl-bahy-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who bites his or her nails, especially habitually.
  2. a situation marked by anxiety or tension.
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Origin of nail-biter

1970–75
Related formsnail-bit·ing, noun
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  • 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