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nail biter

also nail·bit·er (nāl′bī′tər)
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.


1. a person who bites his or her nails
2. a person who is anxious or tense
3. something that causes anxiety or tension
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That semi-final proved a real nailbiter for the Liverpool lads as the match finished goalless and went to penalties.
Jake Livermore joined the fray in the closing seconds and, after a nailbiter of a night, England reached the final whistle with all three points and 90 gruelling minutes under their belt.
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After week 1's incredible standing-on-one-leg competition, episode 2's leaning-against-a-board nailbiter was so exciting I very nearly woke up.
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The 29yearold was " just relieved it wasn't another nailbiter like Liechtenstein back in 2010 when Scotland needed a stoppagetime winner to stave off a shock on home soil.
In the other semi-final, Lisicki, who endured a three-set quarter-final nailbiter on Thursday, took the first set 6-3 before Jankovic stormed back.
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All three meetings between the franchises this season have been won by seven points or fewer and there is no reason to think that tonight's showdown will be anything other than a nailbiter.