nail-biter

noun nail-bit·er \ ˈnāl-ˌbī-tər \

Definition of nail-biter

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

nail-biting

play \ˈnāl-ˌbī--tiŋ\ adjective

First Known Use of nail-biter

1950

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nail-biter Synonyms

Near Antonyms

yawner;

blowout;

Related Words

photo finish, squeaker;


NAIL-BITER Defined for English Language Learners

nail-biter

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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