nail biting

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nail biting

An anxious behavior in which the free edges of the nails are chewed down as a means of expressing or relieving stress. Synonym: onychophagy
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The 1-1 draw at Rotherham United in which Nahki Wells was on target for the 18th time this season means there is no late fingernail biting for the blue and white faithful.
There has been much fingernail biting in Edinburgh all week but can you imagine the tension if it goes to penalties.
'There was a bit of fingernail biting towards the end, but I thought we deserved to win.'
JOHN TOSHACK believes Wales are heading for the fingernail biting agony of a penalty shoot-out against the Russians tonight.
You'll find the subtle cues a person gives off are somewhat unique--for one friend, you may find one nervous habit (fingernail biting) and with another friend a different cue (fidgety feet).
(After extra time)NO goals but plenty of frantic fingernail biting at the Carlisle Grounds was the result of their second meeting of these two sides in five days.
Her mama was Nervous, which as Karr notes is Texan for anything from fingernail biting to full-blown psychosis.
The third goal meant there was no tension, no fingernail biting. Just a party for one half of the crowd and a wake for the other.