1. the act or practice of biting one’s fingernails, especially as the result of anxiety or nervousness.
  2. Informal. nervousness: The announcement that the trade agreement had been signed ended a week of nail-biting on Wall Street.


  1. Informal. causing nervousness: The nail-biting part of the canoe trip was through the stretches of white water.


  1. the act or habit of biting one’s fingernails
    1. anxiety or tension
    2. (as modifier)nail-biting suspense

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