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be on tenterhooks

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe on tenterhooksbe on tenterhooksEXCITEDto feel nervous and excited because you are waiting to find out something or for something to happen syn be on edge She had been on tenterhooks all night, expecting Joe to return at any moment. tenterhooks
Examples from the Corpus
be on tenterhooksAgatha Christie keeps the reader on tenterhooks until the final pages of the story.Waiting for the outcome of the trial has kept the community on tenterhooks.After the interview Fran was on tenterhooks, wondering if she'd got the job.For the remainder of the carol I was on tenterhooks, not daring to take my eyes from the lectern.Both of us were on tenterhooks for reasons both intellectual and commercial.
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