nail-biting


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nail-biting

n
1. the act or habit of biting one's fingernails
2.
a. anxiety or tension
b. (as modifier): nail-biting suspense.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nail-biting - (of a situation) characterized by or causing suspense
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
Translations

nail-biting

[ˈneɪlˌbaɪtɪŋ]
A. ADJ [tension] → angustioso; [contest, finish] → emocionantísimo
B. Nmala costumbre f de morderse las uñas
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