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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By figuring out what causes you to bite your nails, you can figure out how to avoid these situations and develop a plan to stop.
If you bite your nails and develop a skin or nail infection, consult a board-certified dermatologist.
MANNERS Don't pick your nose and don't bite your nails, stop poking your ears and don't yawn like a whale.
I have a theory, for instance, that far from being a work of art, the Venus de Milo is there as a warning of what happens if you continue to bite your nails.
You pull out your hair and bite your nails, it helps to have skin as thick as a rhino's hide.
If stress causes you to bite your nails, find a different way to relax, such as going for a run or bike ride, walking with a friend, or playing the piano.
If stress makes you bite your nails, go for a swim, run, bike ride, or walk with a friend.
Get ready to bite your nails to the quick as the killer is unmasked.
The nasty taste will remind you to stop every time you start to bite your nails.
If you can identify a situation in which you tend to bite your nails, you'll be prepared for next time.
Researcher Roland Ennos, of Manchester University, said: "I noticed whenever you bite your nails they never break into the quick of your skin.