Definition of nail-biter in English:


Syllabification: nail-bit·er
Pronunciation: /ˈnālˌbīdər
(also nail biter)


A situation causing great anxiety or tension: a nail-biter of a victory
More example sentences
  • And, speaking of nail-biters, the mission begins.
  • Apart from rooting interest, the games were explosive nail-biters, swollen with drama, and all a sports fan could hope for.
  • The Canada-Sweden game that followed was also a nail-biter, but Sweden controlled the second half and put a couple in late to get a well-deserved win.



Pronunciation: /ˈnālˌbīdiNG
More example sentences
  • Dorking will have to endure a nail-biting final game of the season.
  • Months of anxious waiting and nail-biting tension came to an end this week for more than 2000 local students who were anxiously awaiting the big occasion.
  • They had to endure almost constant second half pressure, wasting countless opportunities to ease the nail-biting tension and, quite frankly, inviting trouble.

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