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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Explaining why adults tend to often bite their nails, psychologist and author of "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide To Getting Well And Staying Well," Fred Penzel, told International Business Times: "People do these things as a way of managing levels of stimulation within their nervous systems.
There's not a lot sporting partners can do when their loved ones are giving their all, apart from bite their nails to the knuckle.
Other researches state that nail biting is due to extreme boredom and stress and those who persistently bite their nails could also suffer from poor self-image.
Brockhampton had been forced to bite their nails as rain intervened before they could chase down Evesham's total of 206 for four.
By 10, one-in-three will bite their nails regularly and by their teens half of them will do so.
Now there is nothing they can do, except bite their nails and pray.
None of the rest of my family bite their nails and nor do my children.
Half of girls 10 to 18 bite their nails at some point and, for whatever reason, the problem is at its worst when you are going through puberty (like you need that bonus).
Prevalence estimates suggest up to 25% of 6 year olds may bite their nails (Foster, 1998).
The home fans had to bite their nails as Stevie Crawford equalised in the last minute.
But if that habit is not broken then under pressure that person will continue to bite their nails.
There are people who bite their nails and say, gee, do we really have to be this invasive with our conditioning of the birds?
Worried pupils grind their molars, clench their mouths, chew pencils and bite their nails while sitting Standard Grades and Highers - causing gum disease and jaw problems.
Many who felt a win by either Ed Harris or James Cromwell would foreshadow an "Apollo" or "Babe" Best Picture award had to bite their nails until the end of the night when Kevin Spacey took the statuette for his marvelously tricky work in "The Usual Suspects.
On game nights she'd drive to the tiny, dingy campus radio station where she'd huddle with assistant coach Tom Asbury's wife and they'd bite their nails, clench their fists and hang on every word of the static-laced transmission.