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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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On the other hand, Williamson, who almost took Hyderabad to a nail-biting win alonwith Manish Pandey (62 not out off 38) but fell in the final over, said that his bowlers would have performed a little better.
In another nail-biting match, Salvador Ulloa was in high form striking for seven times to enable Newage/BBJ Pipes beat a fighting side of Rijas Aces/PAF by 10-9.
They first interrogated the participants' parents on their kids' frequent thumb-sucking and nail-biting habits at ages 5, 7, 9 and 11.
4 Replace the nail-biting habit with a good habit: When you feel like biting your nails, try playing with a stress ball instead.
Margin Call is a taut thriller which unfolds over 36 nail-biting hours, exploring the questionable morality of a fictitious group of men and women at the centre of the current global financial crisis.
Anita Sengupta, a senior systems engineer, describes the nail-biting seven minutes of terror as Curiosity entered the Martian atmosphere barreling toward a landing on the Martian surface.
MATT NEAL has won the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after coming out on top against his Honda Racing team-mate Gordon Shedden in a nail-biting final race of the season at Silverstone.
The nail-biting really begins in the Results Show when only one of the two remaining entrants gets to spin the Red or Black?
TWO mountain peaks and moorland in Snowdonia were snapped up by an undisclosed buyer for a whopping pounds 1m in a "nail-biting" auction last night.
Man on Wire, BBC Two Wales, tomorrow, 9pm Breath-taking, nail-biting, nerve-jangling, Oscar-winning documentary about Philippe Petit, who in 1974 managed to tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.
A SADLY nail-biting is very common in children from around the age of three.
IT was a close call, but Holmfirth managed to retain their Drakes Premiership status in a nail-biting finale.