a nail-biter

a nail-biter

1. Literally, someone who bites their 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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Andrea Dovizioso needs to win the race with defending champion Marc Marquez outside the top 15, so it's not exactly a nail-biter, but stranger things have happened.
The vice presidential contest has turned into a nail-biter, and voters are staying up late to monitor the latest updates.
It was a bit of a nail-biter at the end but the "last-10-minute devil" was elsewhere on Saturday.
I can't believe it," 20-year-old Galbraith (above) said after coming out on top in a nail-biter that went to the 18th.
Sean Foley took the Division IB in a nail-biter against Ricky Ness of Minnesota State Mankato.
I've been a nail-biter for 30-odd years, so please don't waste my time by asking if I've ever tried that nail polish stuff that's meant to taste disgusting.
In their first debate in a nail-biter of a state Senate race, incumbent Sen.
They must win their last match against Wales to stand a chance of going through after notching a second win on the spin by defeating Dudley by just two shots in a nail-biter.
WHAT better way to bring the curtain down on the season than to have the top two sides in the Premier Division contest the Combination Cup final and what a nail-biter it turned out to be.
Summary: It was a nail-biter at Celtic Manor as Colin Montgomerie's European team claimed the Ryder Cup.
And while it won't win any awards for originality, this super slick CGI packed production is definitely a nail-biter.
Foul trouble and some missed opportunities from the three point mark lead to the Kitamaat team's disappointment despite taking a nail-biter of a lead with just five minutes to go in the game.
Ding survived a nail-biter against Ali Carter, triumphing 9-8 after being behind for almost the entire match.
But the victory did not come before Canada had sent another scare through the US dugout, battling back from 6-3 down to turn the contest into a nail-biter.
WELSHPOOL were edged out in a nail-biter as they slipped to a two-wicket defeat at home to mid-table rivals Wem in the Marston's Shropshire Premier League.