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Origin of nail-biting
OTHER WORDS FROM nail-bitingnail-biter, noun
Words nearby nail-biting
Example sentences from the Web for nail-biting
But on Tuesday, we saw another nail hammered into the already pretty tightly nailed down coffin of the two-state solution.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Abramson, biting her tongue, was widely portrayed in rival outlets as classily above the fray.
The CID speculated that the woman was confirming who lived there before planting a homemade nail bomb.Abu Dhabi Treats U.S. Teacher’s Murder as Terrorist Attack|Chris Allbritton|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
MOSCOW—Every now and then I run into Anna Chapman at a nail salon called “Little Fingers” on Potapovsky Avenue in downtown Moscow.
Along the way, he accidentally embeds a nail in his foot, which is not symbolic at all.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale|Melissa Leon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"All right," said Dan, biting off a big chew from the plug he was holding, and restoring the rest to his pocket.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
With her little satin shoe she tapped the carpet, biting her under lip and seeming to be listening.Dope|Sax Rohmer
Piegan snorted when I told him we were on the dodge—that they were trying to nail us for holding up the paymaster.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The day had been intensely cold, with a biting north-east wind and black frost.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
The keen wind found me out and seemed to take joy in rushing in on me in biting gusts and then whirling away over the flat.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for nail-biting
- anxiety or tension
- (as modifier)nail-biting suspense