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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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.
When new products go on the market, everyone is on tenterhooks -- everyone wants to see what's happening in real-time," said Brian Staff, vice president of marketing at Informix Software.
On Thursday, February 24, storyteller Christine McMahon will be On Tenterhooks at the Watershed, Bridge Street, Slaithwaite.