nail-biting

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nail-biting (of a situation) characterized by or causing suspense
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Usage

In literature:

The King sat moody and silent, biting his nails, as was his wont.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
She sat remote from the company, biting her finger nails, staring, meanwhile, from speaker to speaker, with eyes that were pitifully eager.
"Doctor Luke of the Labrador" by Norman Duncan
Arrived at Foligno, he found that his great enemy was at sanctuary in the Convent of Olivet, biting his nails in a red fume there.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Biting the finger nails may be stopped by the use of the same bitter remedies as are used in thumb-sucking.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Yes, yes, Madam Vandersloosh, you shall bite your nails to the quick yet.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
The cloud lowered upon him in a second, and he sat biting his nails with an air altogether lost and furtive.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
He isn't going to sit down and bite his finger nails.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
Nail biting is an unsightly habit, one that may even hinder one's social acceptance.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
He sat biting his nails and glancing uneasily at Nancy.
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
With their sharp nails, themselves the satyrs wound, And tug their shaggy beards, and bite with grief the ground.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
He found Pinto biting his finger-nails nervously and looking out of the window.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
Mary was leaning against the dresser, biting her nails and looking at me viciously.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
Blackbeard strutted on his quarter-deck, no longer biting his nails in fretful anxiety.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Graves absurdly began to bite his nails, staring at the communicator-screen.
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
She felt inclined to bite into her flesh to relieve herself, she clenched her fists and dug her nails into her skin.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
They also bite all round the nails of your fingers and toes, unless they are closely covered.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
Nails, biting of, iv.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Then Brilliana turned to Master Peter, who stood apart biting his nails awkwardly.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Certain other childish habits, such as nail-biting, have also been described as sexual manifestations.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Ah, if only she did not bite her nails!
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
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In poetry:

Who wet their shoes and learn to box,
And say what isn't true,
Who bite their nails and jam their frocks,
And make long noses too;
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

This would prove to be a thrilling, nail biting, heart pounding game that came down to the wire.
No Nail Biting as Polishes Boom.
German rider John Degenkolb won the second stage of the Tour of Spain in a nail-biting packed sprint finish on Sunday at the end of a 181-kilometer ride from the northern city of Pamplona to Viana.
Biting my toe nails while I'm taking a pee.
NEW YORK — If Sunday night's Tony Awards ceremony had been a play, it would hardly have been a nail-biting suspense drama.
Portland isn't the kind of city to have nail-biting elections over school taxes.
Extreme Nail Biting To Be Classified As Psychiatric Condition.
Nail- biting US Senate race between Kaine and Allen.
Nail biting and picking is a really bad habit that's quite unattractive and unprofessional.
OGDEN – The Weber State University women's volleyball team went the distance on Saturday night, capturing a nail-biting thriller against Montana.
Tate Stevens made it into the finals of "The X Factor ," but it wasn't without some nail-biting moments Thursday night.
The Cedar Grove-Belgium football team has had some tough, nail-biting games against Random Lake through the years.
AS WE WATCHED last night's nail-biting voting results, the tight race reminded us what an Obama loss would mean.
Sultan Turk team leader, senior Brock VandenEkart flies for two of his game-leading 33 points in the Turks' nail-biting win over Granite Falls on Friday.
Nail biting ending for SU-West Virginia Game.
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