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nail-biting

adjective

Definition of nail-biting

  1. :  having or being an ending that causes people to feel nervous because the ending is not known until the final moment <a nail-biting game> <The election is heading for a nail-biting finish.>




Medical Dictionary

nail–biting

noun

Medical Definition of nail–biting

  1. :  habitual biting at the fingernails usually being symptomatic of emotional tensions and frustrations—called also onychophagia, onychophagy




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