nail–biter

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noun nail–bit·er \ˈnāl-ˌbī-tər\

Definition of nail–biter

  1. :  something (such as a close contest) that induces tension or anxiety

nail–biting

play \ˈnāl-ˌbī--tiŋ\ adjective

1950

First Known Use of nail–biter

1950


NAIL–BITER Defined for English Language Learners

nail–biter

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noun nail–bit·er \ˈnāl-ˌbī-tər\

Definition of nail–biter for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a game or movie) that causes people to feel nervous because the ending is not known until the final moment

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