nail biter


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nail biter

also nail·bit·er (nāl′bī′tər)
n.
1. One who bites one's fingernails as a nervous habit.
2. A situation marked by tense nervousness or apprehension, especially an athletic contest whose outcome is uncertain near its finish.

nail biting n.
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The 2nd Semi Final between Farhan Mehboob and Danish Atlas Khan was a nail biter.
The complications of time deadlines, personal commitments, summer vacations and a very difficult credit environment made this deal a nail biter to the very end," said Massey Knakal broker Robert Burton, who exclusively represented the seller.
I have no idea why I am a nail biter but despite trying hard I cannot break the habit.
Dear Editor, As a Hampshire supporter I would like to congratulate Darren Maddy and the whole Warwickshire team for making, what could have been a dead game, into a nail biter which had everyone on the edge of their seats until the last over.
EVERTON and Liverpool will go back to the future to celebrate their first derby clash hours before the Anfield nail biter kicks off.