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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Biting your nails increases the risk of damage to your teeth from cracking or chipping.
In lieu of biting your nails, find a healthier habit.
4 Replace the nail-biting habit with a good habit: When you feel like biting your nails, try playing with a stress ball instead.
Stop biting your nails - nail biting is an open invitation to any bug or germ that's lurking about, if these bacteria enter your bloodstream there's a good chance you could end up with an infection.
The scene in which Anna tries to wriggle free of restraints and run for help, shot in a single take, will have you biting your nails to the cuticle.
Several treatment measures may help you stop biting your nails.
Reward yourself for not biting your nails by having a manicure at a nail salon (be sure it is one that sterilizes their nail tools between customers).
Its a bad habit, like drinking alcohol or biting your nails, but worse because you can get illnesses.
For a really quick-fix, stop biting your nails and check out Origin's new Peace of Mind collection in the beauty department of stores such as Bloomingdale's or Macy's.
Furthermore, the habit can become so ingrained that you're unaware you're picking at or biting your nails until you feel pain.
Feeling bad about biting your nails or forgetting to wash your hands?
PREPARE yourself for two nights spent biting your nails and flicking channels.
A spokesman for the company said: "Picking your nose and biting your nails are common, but it's surprising workers are so blatant in carrying these habits into the workplace.
How to stop biting your nails Ji Baek runs the Big Apple's must-visit Rescue Beauty Lounge (00 1 212 431 0449).
THIS picture hammers home the point - biting your nails is bad for you.