- extremely irritating, annoying, or trying: a nerve-racking day; a nerve-racking noise.
Origin of nerve-racking
First recorded in 1805–15
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But even during the live performance, which could be nerve-racking for veteran singers, they showed no fear.Lennon and Maisy Stella Dish on Their Viral Stardom
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On the other hand the German soldier had a nerve-racking part to play.
It must have been a nerve-racking session for him, that interview with the captain.Fair Harbor
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The whole situation had become a nerve-racking tragedy of mind and action.The Plunderer
Nothing from within the house broke that nerve-racking stillness.The Sins of Sverac Bablon
If only he wouldn't answer every statement or question with that nerve-racking 'yeah'!Empire
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- very distressing, exhausting, or harrowing
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Word Origin and History for nerve-racking
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