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Tenterhooks?

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?