a nail-biter

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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But the victory did not come before Canada had sent another scare through the US dugout, battling back from 6-3 down to turn the contest into a nail-biter.
WELSHPOOL were edged out in a nail-biter as they slipped to a two-wicket defeat at home to mid-table rivals Wem in the Marston's Shropshire Premier League.
Elsewhere, Clach edged a nail-biter as they narrowly beat Wick 3-2 in the far north.
Scotland have not beaten Argentina since 1990 and two years ago they lost 23-19 in a nail-biter at Murrayfield.
How she and her White Russian family escaped to Romania during the Revolution with the clothes on their backs is a nail-biter.
The two sides last met in May when the Wildcats won a nail-biter 10-8 with the help of one or two controversial refereeing decisions.
IT WAS always going to be a nail-biter, a David and Goliath struggle in the greatest tradition.
The point is that time is short and every Gagne outing is a nail-biter now for Dodgers fans.
At billiards Craig Murphy won a nail-biter 120-114 and at snooker Ian Short took his chances well to edge out John Mardon 60-34.
If Rafal Kurmanski, who has been going well in Sweden this year, and Sebastian Ulamek can provide adequate support for Tomasz Gollob, Piotr Protasiewicz and Tomasz Bajerski, a nail-biter could be on the cards.
Mary Thomas has produced a nail-biter in telling the story of her brother's six months as an evader in enemy territory.
The season finale of SCI FI's Farscape promises to be a nail-biter.
Meanwhile Pratt beat Ray Coles 21-12 to get into the last four where he put paid to the hopes of fellow Copsewood colleague Leigh Burdett 21-20 in a nail-biter that could have gone either way.
The relay was once again the catalyst of a great performance, with the final leg by Rachel Johncock a nail-biter - the Welsh athlete returning from injury to snatch a victory from England on the line.
Salman Butt's 68 not out was not quite good enough to chase down a target of 134, with Abdur Rehman caught by Martin Guptill for two on the last ball of a nail-biter.