tenterhook


tenterhook

noun

  1. one of the hooks or bent nails that hold cloth stretched on a tenter.

Idioms

  1. on tenterhooks, in a state of uneasy suspense or painful anxiety: The movie keeps one on tenterhooks until the very last moment.

noun

  1. one of a series of hooks or bent nails used to hold cloth stretched on a tenter
  2. on tenterhooks in a state of tension or suspense

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