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.