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English definition of “tenterhooks”

tenterhooks

noun [plural]     /ˈten.tə.hʊks/ US  /-t̬ɚ-/
on tenterhooks worried or nervous about something that is going to happen : We were on tenterhooks all morning waiting for the phone to ring .Anxious and worried
(Definition of tenterhooks noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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