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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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However, as any experienced nail-biter will tell you, it very quickly becomes rather moreish.
The difference between a blowout and a nail-biter resulted in a 133-percent increase in fatal car crashes.
Summary: It was a nail-biter at Celtic Manor as Colin Montgomerie's European team claimed the Ryder Cup.
And while it won't win any awards for originality, this super slick CGI packed production is definitely a nail-biter.
Hull KR 28 Castleford Tigers 26 DESPITE edging home in a real nail-biter against Castleford which kept the 8,104 fans on the edge of their seats right until the final hooter, Hull KR head coach Justin Morgan did not want to look ahead to the play-offs.
A gritty nail-biter of a thriller with plenty of tension and twists; Eddie Marsan (last seen as Lestrade in Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Compston co-star as the crooked captors.
Foul trouble and some missed opportunities from the three point mark lead to the Kitamaat team's disappointment despite taking a nail-biter of a lead with just five minutes to go in the game.
Ding survived a nail-biter against Ali Carter, triumphing 9-8 after being behind for almost the entire match.
But the victory did not come before Canada had sent another scare through the US dugout, battling back from 6-3 down to turn the contest into a nail-biter.
WELSHPOOL were edged out in a nail-biter as they slipped to a two-wicket defeat at home to mid-table rivals Wem in the Marston's Shropshire Premier League.
A game on the way to being another nail-biter between Chaminade of West Hills and St.
How she and her White Russian family escaped to Romania during the Revolution with the clothes on their backs is a nail-biter.
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At billiards Craig Murphy won a nail-biter 120-114 and at snooker Ian Short took his chances well to edge out John Mardon 60-34.