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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ON THE PLANE: Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Rob Kearney (Ireland) ON TENTERHOOKS: Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Alex Goode (England) WINGS There's been a campaign in the English media for Wasps' uncapped flyer Christian Wade to be included.
According to Reuters, Swiss banks are on tenterhooks waiting for the US and Germany to decide on the right punishment for practices that had made Switzerland a haven for wealthy customers the world over to evade taxes.
By the 18th century the term "on tenterhooks" described being in a state of suspense or anxiety.