Definition of nerve-racking in English:

nerve-racking

Syllabification: nerve-rack·ing
(also nerve-wracking)

adjective

  • Causing stress or anxiety: his driving test was a nerve-racking ordeal
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    stressful, anxious, worrying, fraught, nail-biting, tense, difficult, trying, worrisome, daunting, frightening
    informal scary, hairy

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