tenterhooks


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tenterhooks

plural noun
on tenterhooks in suspense, anxious, on edge, keyed up, in an agony of doubt, with bated breath He was still on tenterhooks waiting for a decision to be made.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations
كُلاّب لِشَد النَّسيج على مِشَدِّه
být jako na skřipci
á nálum
sėdėti kaip ant adatų
būt kā uz adatām
diken üstünde oturmakendişeli bir bekleyiş içinde olmak

tenterhooks

[ˈtentəhʊks] NPL to be on tenterhooksestar sobre ascuas, tener el alma en vilo
to keep sb on tenterhookstener a algn sobre ascuas
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tenterhooks

[ˈtɛntərhʊks] npl
to be on tenterhooks → être sur des charbons ardents
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

tenterhooks

pl to be on tenterhookswie auf glühenden Kohlen sitzen (inf); to keep somebody on tenterhooksjdn zappeln lassen
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tenterhooks

[ˈtɛntəˌhʊks] npl to be on tenterbooksessere sulle spine
to keep sb on tenterbooks → tenere qn sulle spine
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

tenterhooks

(ˈtentəhuks) : be on tenterhooks
to be uncertain and anxious about what is going to happen. He was on tenterhooks about the result of the exam.
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References in classic literature ?
Bumble, in his alarm, could not immediately think of the word 'tenterhooks,' so he said 'broken bottles.'
They wanted to know whether she, whom I expected to see, was dark or fair; whether that fascination which kept me on tenterhooks of expectation was one of my aristocrats or one of my marine beauties: for they knew I had a footing in both these - shall we say circles?
Or was he perhaps, in an intense dislike for the job, beating about the bush and only puzzling Captain Anthony, the providential man, who, if he expected the girl to appear at any moment, must have been on tenterhooks all the time, and beside himself with impatience to see the back of his brother-in-law.
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IF I'M as good at judging my readers as I think I am, you'll have spent the week on tenterhooks, waiting to hear what I've been up to since last Friday, when I went on about maps for too long.
ON TENTERHOOKS COULD today be the day when Mere Ironmonger finally reappears?
They shared a photograph of the aftermath of the storm on social media and said they are "on tenterhooks" every time it rains.
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It is important that the education ministry sets clear calendar dates by when results of all examinations will be known to avoid unpredictable stunts that shudder, shock or keep families on tenterhooks.
TENTERHOOKS Irish Water and Meath County Council have told the family they will pick up the bill this time but the couple say they are on tenterhooks until they get written assurances.
Tenterhook posts were used to stretch and dry washed woollen cloth in textile mills and the term "on tenterhooks" comes from the metal hooks attached to the posts.