tenterhook

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tenterhook

[′ten·tər‚hu̇k]
(textiles)
One of the nails used to hold fabric on a frame (tenter) so that alterations in the original measurements can be corrected.
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While the rest of the world might be on tenterhooks, Mark has a job to do.
A big thank-you to STV for ditching football - England versus Egypt - in favour of Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous (Wednesday, STV, 8pm) but I'll be on tenterhooks as it may mean missing the first 10 minutes of Desperate Housewives (Channel 4, 10pm) and the big cat fight between Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Katherine (Dana Delaney).
However, he indicated that Swiss politicians were correct to discuss fresh economic stimulus and felt that the country was yet to fully feel the economic downturn, suggesting that the Bank is still on tenterhooks, which should keep the swissie on the backfoot.
AMID the furore surrounding the Prix de l'Abbaye, something important seems to have gone unnoticed, Those horses who took part in the rerun, several hours after the race that never was, would have spent an extremely uncomfortable afternoon on tenterhooks, kept permanently on edge by the noise and hullabaloo of a large crowd at the course and being deprived of their normal post-race routine.
RURAL residents will be on tenterhooks over the next few weeks as judges wait to announce the winners in two village of the year competitions.
ZIMBABWE was on tenterhooks last night amid signs that the opposition had done well in elections that could leave President Robert Mugabe casting about for ways to continue his rule.
While the parents happily got paralytic cally drunk, the rest of the guests were on tenterhooks with the child in the pool in the baking heat.
BEEB bosses plan to keep Life On Mars fans on tenterhooks over the fate of time-hopping hero Sam Tyler - by filming TWO endings.
Alan Vaughan will be on tenterhooks until 2pm tomorrow when the 56th annual Old Penarthians Sevens kicks off.
teacher, Chris Kempling, waits on tenterhooks for January when he will find out if the B.
economy on tenterhooks and company after company laying off employees, gay people may not feel like they are in the driver's seat when it comes to choosing the right business setting.