Definition of tenterhooks noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtentəhʊks//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtentərhʊks//
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(be) on tenterhooks (North American English also be on pins and needles)
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(to be) very anxious or excited while you are waiting to find out something or see what will happen I've been on tenterhooks all week waiting for the results. From tenterhook, a hook which in the past was used to keep material stretched on a drying frame during manufacture. See related entries: Excitement
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