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nail-biting

Causing intense anxiety or nervousness, usually implying an uncertain outcome that will have important consequences. Forsberg's late goal has tied the game and created a nail-biting final period. We felt confident going into election day, but it's been a nail-biting last few hours.
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Based on gender, chewing lips (62.1%) and punching walls (52.6%) were more common in men while chewing lips (71.2%) and nail biting (47.3%) were a common trend in women.
Of those who were found to have onychophagia, 92.2 percent participant described nail biting as an automatic behavior.
Nail biting incidence rates range from 5 to 29% in childhood (Garde et al., 2014).
"For some people, nail biting may be a sign of a more serious psychological or emotional problem," said Dr.
Results: Results indicated a remarkable difference with nail biting frequency decreasing 50 Percent in the intervention phase compared to the pre-intervention period.
Understanding why we do it can help break the habit as nail biting can develop from an act we are genetically predetermined to do.
But the intervention, which has been effective in treating body-focused behaviors such as skin picking, oral-digital habits, and chewing on one's own skin, was not more effective than placebo in improving the psychological conditions accompanying the nail biting.
Many theories have been proposed to explain the etiology and maintenance of nail biting. One common causal explanation suggests at nail biting is evoked by states of "tension" or "anxiety" (Hadley, 1984).
Brown looked to have made it safe when he made it 3-1 in the 72nd minute but Andy Morris made it 3-2 with a glancing header three minutes later, but Shrewsbury held on in a nail biting finish.
The Mayor of Worcester, Coun Margaret Layland, made a nail biting 113 feet descent from the top of Henwick House in the city's St John's area with the help of the Territorial Army.
(The appeal of acrylics is that they repair bitten nails and deter nail biting, make nails smooth and even, and hold polish better than natural nails.
In general, when observing behavior patterns, the following may serve as clues to help identify COSAs: absenteeism (from school), neglected physical appearance, fluctuating academic performance, fatigue and lack of energy, psychological symptoms (nervous tics, nail biting, bladder control problems), people-pleasing behavior, conflict avoidance, problems controlling mood and behaviors, social isolation, concerns about parents, and physical symptoms (headaches, stomachaches, injuries).
Then the boy entered a drug experiment in which he received clomimpramine, an antidepressant previously found to reduces the vexing rituals of obsessive-compulsive disorder (SN: 5/21/88, p.324), as well as compulsive hair pulling (SN: 9/9/89, p.175) and nail biting. Not only did the boy's arm flapping subside markedly within a few weeks of clomipramine treatment, but his anxiety, self-injury and social withdrawal lessened.
Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by 1 run in a nail biting thriller of the second eliminator of PSL 2018.
No point denying that many of us indulge into nail biting to express different kinds of emotion.