a nail-biter

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a nail-biter

1. Literally, someone who bites off his or her fingernails, especially due to nervousness or agitation. I was a nail-biter at a young age, and, try as I might, I've never managed to shake the habit completely.
2. By extension, a situation, especially a competitive one, whose outcome is particularly close or uncertain and marked by nervous apprehension. Did you catch the football match last Sunday? Man, what a nail-biter! With how close these two candidates are, this election is sure to be a real nail-biter in its final moments.
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The 2nd Semi Final between Farhan Mehboob and Danish Atlas Khan was a nail biter.
The complications of time deadlines, personal commitments, summer vacations and a very difficult credit environment made this deal a nail biter to the very end," said Massey Knakal broker Robert Burton, who exclusively represented the seller.
I have no idea why I am a nail biter but despite trying hard I cannot break the habit.
Dear Editor, As a Hampshire supporter I would like to congratulate Darren Maddy and the whole Warwickshire team for making, what could have been a dead game, into a nail biter which had everyone on the edge of their seats until the last over.
Lee-Anne Sweet, 33, is the manager of the new Nails Inc within Debenhams, MetroCentre, Gateshead, but confesses she's a nail biter.
If you're a nail biter then you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.
It's a nail biter," a weary fellow at the Democratic National Committee bash at the Mayflower Hotel told me.
Photo: (1 -- color) USC's Jeff Trepagnier shoots over Oregon's Alex Scales in Thursday's game, but the Trojans lost a nail biter.