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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A 20-year-old student from UK had her thumb amputated after developing a rare form of skin cancer caused by biting her nails.
As she's now part of the British Royal Family and there are many rules and traditions she has to do her best to adhere to, it's likely (https://www.ibtimes.com/what-meghan-markles-new-years-resolution-2634428) Markle has cut way back on her swearing - at least in public - and with biting her nails.
How can I make her stop biting her nails? -- CONCERNED FRIEND
The subject reported that she has been biting her nails since the age of 8 years.
Despite her scene stealing outfit, the singer looked a little nervous as she sat biting her nails while watching the basketball game.
She denied doing any such thing and said she was only biting her nails and had not flashed her middle finger.
Clutching a Coke and biting her nails, Lindsay attempted the occasional nervous smile but it was clear her mind was elsewhere.
Q MY eight-year-old daughter won't stop biting her nails. We have tried smearing them with bitter-tasting paints but it doesn't work.
At least Redmond doesn't have the bad habit of biting her nails!
Britney Spears has recently been pictured biting her nails, while Sophie Ellis-Bextor admits hers could do with a bit of TLC.
Biting her nails, she looked on nervously as the prince manoeuvred his four fell ponies in the marathon - only to be eliminated for going around the wrong side of a flag.
One year after her engagement to the Duke of Sussex, Markle has not been spotted biting her nails in public, but it is unclear if she does so in private.
Clutching a Coke and biting her nails, Lilo attempted the occasional nervous smile but it was clear her mind was elsewhere.