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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I don't bite my nails, but I rip out my eyelashes," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
I normally give up chocolate during Lent because I think I eat a lot of it the rest of the time - Sophie Bowes, 20, an accountant from Middlesbrough Every year I say I'm going to not bite my nails but I normally only last about three days.
I bite my nails still, so I would like long, beautifully-manicured, varnished nails.
I start twitching in my fingers, and I bite my nails.
The leaflet then went on to imply that I was a grubby little swine for even daring to bite my nails, but luckily, with the nail strengthening programme, I could possibly be reintroduced into society, as long as I used a pencil to clean my ears.