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on tenterhooks

Definition of on tenterhooks

  1. :  waiting nervously for something to happen :  in a state of nervousness or excitement caused by wondering what will happen <She keeps her readers on tenterhooks throughout the book.> <I've been on tenterhooks since I applied for the job.>

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tenterhookplay tenterhooks
  1. :  a sharp hooked nail used especially for fastening cloth on a tenter

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