Definition of tenterhook
: a sharp hooked nail used especially for fastening cloth on a tenter
: in a state of uneasiness, strain, or suspense the waiting kept us on tenterhooks
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Those unflattering impressions are not likely to be improved if Trump, ever the showman himself, tunes in on cable television to watch Comey starring in a hearing that keeps the rest of the country on tenterhooks.
Markets Moves Abandoned by the British and goaded by U.S. President Donald Trump, the rest of Europe is watching on tenterhooks.
In a nation rattled by flare-ups of violence, most recently the brutal murders of two United Nations experts, many Congolese are on tenterhooks about Mr. Katumbi’s return.
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