ten·​ter·​hook | \ ˈten-tər-ˌhu̇k How to pronounce tenterhook (audio) \

Definition of tenterhook

: a sharp hooked nail used especially for fastening cloth on a tenter
on tenterhooks
: in a state of uneasiness, strain, or suspense the waiting kept us on tenterhooks

Examples of tenterhook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of Germany’s two million migrants from Turkey live on tenterhooks. Can Dündar, Time, 25 Feb. 2020 This news ought to have the top three players on tenterhooks. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 25 July 2019 And the New Bedford transplants, including her grandson and his Florida Atlantic University roommates, are on tenterhooks as the forecast keeps shifting. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2019 With global powers on tenterhooks, the risk of a miscalculation -- and a knee-jerk deployment of a nuclear weapon -- would increase. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 20 July 2019 His remarks on Sunday came after President Trump’s decision drew a mixed response in a region on tenterhooks over a potential war. Summer Said, WSJ, 23 June 2019 Still on tenterhooks after the gripping final scene of Outlander's season premiere? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 7 Nov. 2018 Specifically, Remington — indeed, the entire firearms industry — is on tenterhooks waiting for a potential landmark ruling from the Connecticut Supreme Court. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, 27 Mar. 2018 The industry was on tenterhooks awaiting the catch information, which typically is announced by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in late January. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of tenterhook

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenterhook

tenter entry 1 + hook entry 1

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“Tenterhook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenterhook. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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