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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.
Sl. a small child, especially an infant or toddler. (Also a term of address.) You got any rug rats at your house? Hey, you cute little rug rat, come over here.
the biter (is) bit(British old-fashioned)
someone who has caused harm to other people in the past has now been hurt It's a case of the biter bit. After years of breaking girls' hearts, he finally fell for someone who didn't love him.
1. n. a thief. (see also bite.) Some biter made off with my algebra book.
2. n. someone who copies someone else. (From the first sense.) That’s my steelo, you biter!
rug ratand ankle biter
n. a child. Hey, you cute little rug rat, come over here. I got three little ankle biters at home.
See rug rat