nail-biter

noun
nail-bit·​er | \ ˈnāl-ˌbī-tər How to pronounce nail-biter (audio) \

Definition of nail-biter

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

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nail-biting \ ˈnāl-​ˌbī-​-​tiŋ How to pronounce nail-biting (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of nail-biter

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nail-biter was in 1950

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“Nail-biter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nail-biter. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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nail-biter

noun
How to pronounce nail-biter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nail-biter

: 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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