nail-biter

noun
nail-bit·er | \ ˈnāl-ˌbī-tər \

Definition of nail-biter 

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

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nail-biting \ˈnāl-ˌbī--tiŋ \ adjective

First Known Use of nail-biter

1950, in the meaning defined above

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nail apron

nail bed

nail bit

nail-biter

nail bone

nailbrush

nail down

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nail-biter

noun

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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