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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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Hall of Fame pitcher DIZZY DEAN following a 1-0 nail biter: "The game was closer than the score indicated."
Chris O'Grady plundered both goals for Halfway House in their 2-2 nail biter with ESWA while a Ben Chambers effort helped Tranmere Supporters to a 1-1 draw with Wirral Ath, Andy McLoughlin scoring.
His fully voiced performance is excellent and turns this story into a real "nail biter."
"It's a nail biter," a weary fellow at the Democratic National Committee bash at the Mayflower Hotel told me.
1 NIBBLING YOUR NAILS According to reformed nail biter and nail salon owner, Deri Benitar, long-term nail biting can affect the way your nails grow, making them weak and more liable to break.
Chris O'Grady plundered both goals in Halfway House's 2-2 nail biter with ESWA, and Andy McLoughlin's first Wirral Athletic goal earned a 1-1 draw at Tranmere Supporters.
A bit of a nail biter but it proves that contrary to popular opinion the Viva girls do know a thing or two about sport.
Lee Hayden was a three-goal hero for New Brighton Res in their 3-3 nail biter with M.
If you're a nail biter then you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.