nerve-wracking
nerve-wracking erve-wracking (n[~e]rv"-r[a^]k`[i^]ng), adj. Same as {nerve-racking}.

Syn: stressful, trying. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • nerve-wracking — nerve racking erve racking (n[ e]rv r[a^]k [i^]ng), adj. Extremely irritating to the nerves; stressful; trying; as, nerve wracking noise. [Also spelled {nerve wracking}.] Syn: stressful, trying. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nerve-wracking — (adj.) also nervewracking, 1867, from NERVE (Cf. nerve) + prp. of WRACK (Cf. wrack) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nerve-wracking — UK / US or nerve racking UK [ˈnɜː(r)v ˌrækɪŋ] / US [ˈnɜrvˌrækɪŋ] adjective making you very nervous or worried …   English dictionary

  • nerve-wracking — adjective extremely irritating to the nerves nerve racking noise the stressful days before a war a trying day at the office • Syn: ↑nerve racking, ↑stressful, ↑trying • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • nerve-wracking — also nerve racking adjective a nerve wracking situation makes you feel very nervous because it is difficult or frightening: Your first appearance on stage is always a nerve wracking experience …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • nerve-wracking — adjective see nerve racking …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nerve-wracking — see nerve racking …   English dictionary

  • nerve-wracking — adjective Intensely distressing or irritating to the nerves. Syn: gut wrenching …   Wiktionary

  • nerve-wracking — [ˈnɜːv ˌrækɪŋ] adj making you very nervous or worried …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • nerve-racking nerve-wracking stressful trying — Ill natured Ill na tured, a. 1. Of habitual bad temper; having an unpleasant disposition; surly; disagreeable; cross; peevish; fractious; crabbed; of people; as, an ill natured person; an ill natured disagreeable old man. Opposite of {good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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