Origin of nail-biting
Related formsnail-bit·er, noun
Examples from the Web for nail-biting
During the nail-biting 2008 Democratic presidential primary, Obama was in it to win it.John Boehner’s Holiday Photo Snub & More Petty Political Moments|Abby Haglage|December 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There are moments of exultation and frustration, of nail-biting anxiety, and the normal banter that characterizes any workplace.
A sports movie and a redemption story and a drug movie and a nail-biting tale of success!
Four years ago, a billion people watched as the World Cup final was decided by the nail-biting process and Italy edged France.
Kelley Armstrong's New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy comes to a nail-biting conclusion with The Reckoning.
When are nail-biting and dirt-eating seen, and how are they to be controlled?The Care and Feeding of Children|L. Emmett Holt
Certain other childish habits, such as nail-biting, have also been described as sexual manifestations.The Sexual Life of the Child|Albert Moll
British Dictionary definitions for nail-biting
- anxiety or tension
- (as modifier)nail-biting suspense