nerve-racking

or nerve-wrack·ing

[nurv-rak-ing]

Origin of nerve-racking

First recorded in 1805–15
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British Dictionary definitions for nerve wracking

nerve-racking

nerve-wracking

adjective
  1. very distressing, exhausting, or harrowing
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Word Origin and History for nerve wracking

nerve-racking

adj.

also nerveracking, 1812, from nerve + present participle of verbal sense of rack (n.1).

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