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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But not long ago I went on a trip with my dad and I was having so much fun that I forgot all about biting my nails. Now my fingernails are a good size.
"I won't be sat biting my nails watching it on TV," he said.
My nagging wife always insists that biting my nails is worse than licking the rim of a toilet bowl.
"Next year, I have to learn to stop biting my nails! I would like to stop worrying so much, because I worry all the time.
I've been biting my nails For as long as I can recall.
I have had a bad habit of biting my nails for three years.
I am going to be biting my nails for the whole 90 minutes.
The resolutions I want to keep this year are: be nicer to my sister; stop biting my nails; try to keep my bedroom tidy; and not be so loud and chatty.
"I am still biting my nails but the response has been good enough to allay those fears so far."
Q I JUST can't seem to stop biting my nails. Is there anything herbal that could help?
I can't stop biting my nails. I've tried bad-tasting polish and rewards.
I resolution is to finally stop biting my nails. I let them grow, then somebody drives me crazy and makes me want to choke them, and then I start biting my nails again.
In early 2016, before she fell for the royal, the 36-year-old star wrote in a blog post on her now defunct lifestyle website The Tig: "Stop biting my nails. Stop swearing.
Wish me luck.Evan, 16 I'VE got a whole lot of resolutions this year: Stop biting my nails, visit a foreign country, see my favourite band in concert, try making new friends.