nail-biter
noun Date: 1971 something (as a close contest) that induces tension or anxiety <
lost a tough, 14-inning nail-biter — Steve Pate
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nail-biting adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • nail-biter — nail .biter n informal a very exciting story, film etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nail-biter — [nāl′bīt΄ər] n. Informal a situation or activity, as a suspenseful drama or highly competitive game in sports, with an outcome so uncertain that it creates much tension or anxiety …   English World dictionary

  • nail-biter — UK [ˈneɪl ˌbaɪtə(r)] / US [ˈneɪl ˌbaɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms nail biter : singular nail biter plural nail biters 1) someone who has the habit of biting their fingernails 2) informal a situation that makes you excited or worried, for… …   English dictionary

  • nail biter — noun a) one who bites or chews his or her fingernails It was a real nail biter waiting for the test results. b) a nervous or uncomfortable situation …   Wiktionary

  • Nail-biter — exciting game or match with a close finish: The grand final was a real nail biter …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • nail-biter — Australian Slang exciting game or match with a close finish: The grand final was a real nail biter …   English dialects glossary

  • nail-biter —    If a game, election, contest, etc, is a nail biter, it is exciting because the competitors are so close that it is impossible to predict the result.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • nail-biter — See a nail biter …   English idioms

  • nail-biter — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ noun ( s) : something (as a close contest) that induces tension a 5 4 12 inning nail biter Ron Fimrite …   Useful english dictionary

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