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View synonyms for nerve-racking

nerve-racking

or nerve-wrack·ing

[ nurv-rak-ing ]

adjective

  1. extremely irritating, annoying, or trying:

    a nerve-racking day; a nerve-racking noise.



nerve-racking

adjective

  1. very distressing, exhausting, or harrowing


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Word History and Origins

Origin of nerve-racking1

First recorded in 1805–15

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Example Sentences

I had seen a number of people being blindfolded and taken into other buildings, so it was extremely nerve-racking.

"It's been a long and nerve-racking couple of months," Onymous said before disappearing into the ether of the Internet.

But even during the live performance, which could be nerve-racking for veteran singers, they showed no fear.

He made the mere unlocking of the door a nerve-racking sound, and stamped in swearing under his breath.

Freckles idly wondered whether the nerve-racking rasps they occasionally emitted indicated domestic felicity or a raging quarrel.

Even the dullest of the guests felt that, and to the intuitive, the stately progress of the meal was nerve-racking.

Then rises the roar that has been held pent up during the last few nerve-racking minutes.

They were now drawing close upon the fugitives, who were having a nerve-racking time dodging those numerous roots.

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