[neyl-bahy-ter] /ˈneɪlˌbaɪ tər/

a person who bites his or her nails, especially habitually.
a situation marked by anxiety or tension.


Something very worrying and suspenseful: If Lucas looked this nervous as the Spurs were blowing out the Clippers, how would he react during a nail-biter?/ The gain in compliance cases brought by the SEC has been a nail-biter for brokerage executives (1990s+)

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