on tenterhooks

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɒn ˈtɛn.təɹˌhʊks/

Adjective[edit]

on tenterhooks (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) In a state of suspense or apprehension.
    • 1921, John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga, part 1, ch. 12,
      Why do you keep me on tenterhooks like this, putting me off and off?

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