or nail bit·er



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nail-biter

Contemporary Examples of nail-biter

  • The passage of health-care reform will suddenly shift from sure-thing to nail-biter.

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    Stop the Feminist Guilt Trip

    Dana Goldstein

    January 15, 2010

Historical Examples of 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