nerve-wracking

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Etymology[edit]

1867,[1] following earlier nerve-racking (1812).

Adjective[edit]

nerve-wracking ‎(comparative more nerve-wracking, superlative most nerve-wracking)

  1. (proscribed) Intensely distressing or irritating to the nerves.

Usage notes[edit]

Etymologically incorrect, but in common use; strict usage prefers original nerve-racking. See usage notes for rack for details.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ nerve-wracking” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).