Nerve-wracking



[nurv-rak-ing] /ˈnɜrvˌræk ɪŋ/

adjective
1.
extremely irritating, annoying, or trying:
a nerve-racking day; a nerve-racking noise.
adjective
1.
very distressing, exhausting, or harrowing
adj.

also nervewracking, 1867, from nerve + present participle of wrack (v.).
adj.

also nerveracking, 1812, from nerve + present participle of verbal sense of rack (n.1).

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