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A hooked nail for securing cloth on a tenter.
In a state of uneasiness, suspense, or anxiety.
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1. (Textiles) one of a series of hooks or bent nails used to hold cloth stretched on a tenter
2. on tenterhooks in a state of tension or suspense
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one of the hooks or bent nails that hold cloth stretched on a tenter.Idioms:
on tenterhooks, in a state of uneasy suspense or painful anxiety.
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|Noun||1.||tenterhook - one of a series of hooks used to hold cloth on a tenter|
tenter - a framework with hooks used for stretching and drying cloth
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