Posted by Lotg on January 20, 2004
In Reply to: Re: 'sitting on pins and needles' posted by ESC on January 15, 2004
: : Just sent an email message to my favo(u)rite Aussie and used the expression 'I'm sitting on pins and needles'. In the US, that means a state of some concern over the future outcome of some important and concequential set of circumstances. I wonder if this is an expression used elsewhere to discribe a state of apprehension or if there are other phrases that represent shorthand for this feeling. Thanks to all.
: In my part of the U.S. (W.Va., Ky.) I've heard: "I've been on pins and needles." But without the "sitting." A similar expression: on tenterhooks.
Yep, we sit on them here too, both pins & needs and tenterhooks - ouch!! BTW, what is a tenterhook?