nail-biter


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nail-bit•er

(ˈneɪlˌbaɪ tər)
n.
a situation marked by anxiety or tension.
[1970–75]
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Highfield's win over Newton-le-Willows was another nail-biter - they got over the line with one wicket to spare, despite Sam Guest's 8/53.
Was yesterday's ICC World Cup match a nail-biter or what?
The New Jersey native also forced a jump ball in the last 11.7 seconds that set the stage for the nail-biter of Clarin.
Thanks to sensational performance by Sohail Akhtar, Omar Associates dethroned defending champions K-Electric in the first semi-final in a nail-biter. Batting first, K-Electric posted 127.
After a nail-biter on the South Coast, host Kristian Walsh and tactics expert Josh Williams look at what went right and wrong at Southampton - and why any criticism of the midfield that night should be put into context.
SHARJAH: Star-studded Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi will take on each other at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium tonight.The match is expected to be a nail-biter as both the teams are eyeing the top chart slot.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Preliminary figures from Nielsen show that Sunday night's Golden Globes were watched by 18.6 million viewers, a slight drop from the 19.1 million that tuned in last year.The NBC broadcast dipped despite an enviable lead-in from the nail-biter NFL Wild Card game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears.
Pakistan defeated New Zealand by two runs in a last over nail-biter and Hassan was the key bowler as he took three vital wickets.
Was it a difficult one to watch given it was a nail-biter of a match?
Prinze Eze tipped in the game-winner at the buzzer as Perpetual Help escaped with a 78-76 nail-biter over San Sebastian Thursday to stay in the top four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
My personal best time at St Andrew's was a few years back when I took my grandchildren to see yet another needing-points nail-biter. Suddenly, from the Tilton, came our club hymn Keep Right On.
Andrea Dovizioso needs to win the race with defending champion Marc Marquez outside the top 15, so it's not exactly a nail-biter, but stranger things have happened.