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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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In a real bottom of the table nail biter Kynocks defeated the Londonderry 40-24 with Brenda Griffith and Bob Sattherwaite winning 17-5.
If you're a nail biter then you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.
River Gale made the long journey from Hove worthwhile when his pace setting tactic was just good enough to hold home hope Clover Slippy in another nail biter, only a short head separating them.
Photo: (1 -- color) USC's Jeff Trepagnier shoots over Oregon's Alex Scales in Thursday's game, but the Trojans lost a nail biter.
Containing two extra minutes of footage, this 1951 nail biter about a one-sided plan to swap murders was co-scripted by Raymond Chandler and based on a Patricia Highsmith novel.
The win over Royal - a 10-8 nail biter - came down to Agoura's outstanding doubles teams.
a dermatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, wart virus HPV happens to be a common infection amongst nail biters, says.