tenterhooks


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tenterhooks

plural noun
on tenterhooks in suspense, anxious, on edge, keyed up, in an agony of doubt, with bated breath He was still on tenterhooks waiting for a decision to be made.
Translations
كُلاّب لِشَد النَّسيج على مِشَدِّه
být jako na skřipci
á nálum
sėdėti kaip ant adatų
būt kā uz adatām
diken üstünde oturmakendişeli bir bekleyiş içinde olmak

tenterhooks

[ˈtentəhʊks] NPL to be on tenterhooksestar sobre ascuas, tener el alma en vilo
to keep sb on tenterhookstener a algn sobre ascuas

tenterhooks

[ˈtɛntərhʊks] npl
to be on tenterhooks → être sur des charbons ardents

tenterhooks

pl to be on tenterhookswie auf glühenden Kohlen sitzen (inf); to keep somebody on tenterhooksjdn zappeln lassen

tenterhooks

[ˈtɛntəˌhʊks] npl to be on tenterbooksessere sulle spine
to keep sb on tenterbooks → tenere qn sulle spine

tenterhooks

(ˈtentəhuks) : be on tenterhooks
to be uncertain and anxious about what is going to happen. He was on tenterhooks about the result of the exam.
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It is important that the education ministry sets clear calendar dates by when results of all examinations will be known to avoid unpredictable stunts that shudder, shock or keep families on tenterhooks.
Tenterhook posts were used to stretch and dry washed woollen cloth in textile mills and the term "on tenterhooks" comes from the metal hooks attached to the posts.
The family is on tenterhooks now as they wait to see if Clayton will go to jail for killing Kylie.
The biggest, most alarming scare yet of terrorism ahead of the Rio Olympics that starts Friday kept a battalion of 600 Army soldiers on tenterhooks for an hour at the Athletes Village here Wednesday night.
The plot, scripted by South Korean genre auteur Na Hong-jin ("The Chaser," "The Yellow Sea"), makes no logical sense whatsoever, but Na's masterful use of suspense and gore will have audiences on tenterhooks for the entirety of the movie's 156-minute duration.
What was a tenter and its associated tenterhooks designed to hold?
The stadium is a sell-out, Gareth Bale's on the pitch for his 50th cap and Wales is on tenterhooks - united in willing our boys on to a win tonight.
Ian and Jane are on tenterhooks when the social worker calls to talk about baby Beth.
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New Delhi, June 9 ( ANI ): A blistering heat wave continued to persist in the national capital region on Monday, keeping residents on tenterhooks.
The relationship between the two international forces is on tenterhooks.