Definition of nerve-racking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnərv ˌrakiNG/
(also nerve-wracking)


Causing stress or anxiety: his driving test was a nerve-racking ordeal
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  • They will talk of prisons in Greece, of frightful justice systems, and of a nerve-racking ordeal which the enthusiast is never likely to forget.
  • Postponing a scheduled surgical procedure ratchets up stress in an already nerve-racking event.
  • This was a nerve-wracking ordeal for me as Tony's bungalow was one of the few on the mine where the windows were not netted in.
stressful, anxious, worrying, fraught, nail-biting, tense, difficult, trying, worrisome, daunting, frightening
informal scary, hairy

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Syllabification: nerve-rack·ing

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