bite (one's) nails

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bite (one's) nails

1. Literally, to chew on one's fingernails and shorten them. I wish I didn't bite my nails, but it's been such a hard habit to try to break. My sister gets regular manicures to keep from biting her nails.
2. To nervously await something. I've been biting my nails ever since I submitted my application for my first-choice college.
See also: bite, nail

bite one's nails

 
1. to use one's teeth to remove parts of one's fingernails as a means of shortening them. Stop biting your nails! Use clippers!
2. to literally bite one's nails from nervousness or anxiety; to be nervous or anxious. I spent all afternoon biting my nails, worrying about you. We've all been biting our nails from worry.
See also: bite, nail

bite one's nails

Exhibit signs of anxiety, impatience, or nervousness, as in We'll be biting our nails till the jury comes back. Biting one's fingernails is a time-honored sign of emotional tension. The Roman satirist Horace described it about 35 b.c.: "As he wrought his verse he would often ... gnaw his nails to the quick" ( Satires, Book 1).
See also: bite, nail

bite your ˈnails/ˈfingernails

feel very excited, nervous, or afraid ▶ ˈnail-biting adj. very exciting or tense: What an exciting movie that was — real nail-biting stuff!
See also: bite, fingernail, nail
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She stated that she initially began to bite her nails under stressful circumstances.
SS Twiddling fingers in circles every time she would have an urge to bite her nails.
But whatever she was hearing on her mobile phone, it was causing Britney, 21, to bite her nails nervously.
Chelsea did not bite her nails in either demand condition.
Maggie did ot bite her nails in any other conditions.
3%) of intervals during the Demand-no escape condition, but did not bite her nails during the Demand-escape condition.
As the audience awaited the orchestra's appearance onstage, Floyer strode from the wings onto the conductor's podium and proceeded to examine her cuticles, bite her nails, pull at her fingers, and occasionally look up and around her with laboriously feigned indifference.