Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) in a state of suspense or anticipation
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be left on tenterhooks by something
To be on tenterhooks is to wait nervously or in suspense awaiting a decision about the future. Tenterhooks were used in the past to keep fabric suspended or taut so this phrase highlights the tension felt by someone awaiting a decision or judgement to be made by someone else. "She waited on tenterhooks for the jury's decision."
Social Examples (Advance)
The big match is on tonight andI have been on tenterhooks all daywaiting for it to start!
The defendantwasleft on tenterhooks while the jury deliberated their verdict.
Professional Examples (Advance)
We were all ontenterhooks waiting to hear the result of the meeting. Thankfully the client agreed to the contract.
I was on tenterhooks when my boss called me into the office. I was worried I had done something terrible!
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