on tenterhooks
phrasal in a state of uneasiness, strain, or suspense <
the waiting kept us on tenterhooks

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on tenterhooks — This means that she is waiting impatiently and excitedly for something …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • on tenterhooks — IN SUSPENSE, waiting with bated breath; anxious, nervous, nervy, apprehensive, worried, worried sick, on edge, edgy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated …   Useful english dictionary

  • on tenterhooks —    This means that she is waiting impatiently and excitedly for something.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A person who is on tenterhooks is in a state of anxious suspense or excitement.     The candidate were kept on tenterhooks for… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • on tenterhooks — anxiously waiting for news about someone or something. She was on tenterhooks until her son called and said he was not hurt. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of tenterhook (= a hook that holds cloth that is stretched to dry), suggesting… …   New idioms dictionary

  • on tenterhooks — adjective /ˌɒn ˈtɛn.təɹˌhʊks/ In a state of suspense or apprehension. Why do you keep me on tenterhooks like this, putting me off and off? Syn: on pins and needles …   Wiktionary

  • on tenterhooks — she s been on tenterhooks ever since the job interview Syn: in suspense, waiting with bated breath; anxious, nervous, apprehensive, worried, worried sick, on edge, edgy, antsy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated, restless, worked up, keyed up,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • on tenterhooks — carefully, cautiously, afraid to move    He s cautious since his accident. He drives around on tenterhooks …   English idioms

  • on tenterhooks — nervous because you do not know what is going to happen We were all on tenterhooks waiting for her answer …   English dictionary

  • on tenterhooks — Synonyms and related words: addled, agitated, all overish, anxious, anxioused up, apprehensive, at a loss, baffled, bamboozled, beat, bothered, buffaloed, concerned, confounded, dazed, disquieted, disturbed, fearful, floored, foreboding, fuddled …   Moby Thesaurus

  • on tenterhooks — tense, on pins and needles , nervous …   English contemporary dictionary

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