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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ATTRIBUTION The relationship between the two international forces is on tenterhooks
The Syrian beauty has also refused to give fans a release date so they will be waiting on tenterhooks in the meantime .
Global Banking News-August 13, 2012--Swiss banks on tenterhooks waiting for US reaction(C)2012 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk
Ms Mewies believes staff have been let down and were left "on tenterhooks" for too long.
A JEWELLERY firm is waiting on tenterhooks to see whether its rare Welsh gold will be used by Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton for their wedding rings.
However, there is speculation of quasi-official bids in EUR/CHF ahead of 1.5300 currently, which should leave the market on tenterhooks.
ISLAMABAD, June 22, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- In India the Naxalism-affected states continued to be on tenterhooks on Monday as the Maoists began enforcing a two-day shutdown called to deflect attention from the ongoing combing operations by security forces in West Bengals Lalgarh area.
STOCK markets, political leaders and millions around the world were on tenterhooks today as the lower house of the US Congress tried again to pass a pounds 397bn rescue package for the nation's economy.
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.
"Portrait Sketch": Women who had never enough / never for long enough- / tenterhooks then happiness / shrilled to hysteria, / lament, dullness- // watches from a distance / rain-bleached sky, lawns' / deepening with gloss- // a surface that returns incidents, / magnetic attractions, characterizations, / desires, her last heart / a midsummer pond / narrowed, glinting within leaves.
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.
BEEB bosses plan to keep Life On Mars fans on tenterhooks over the fate of time-hopping hero Sam Tyler - by filming TWO endings.