from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Intensely distressing or irritating to the nerves.

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  • adj. intensely irritating or distressing to the nerves

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Extremely irritating to the nerves; stressful; trying.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely irritating to the nerves


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  • NORTON, Massachusetts Reuters - Ernie Els is a three-times major champion and has faced plenty of pressure in his glittering career but he had to survive a nerve-racking finish to the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.

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  • After a short, intensely nerve-racking wrong turn into a military base, we find the site, and Julio comes out to meet us, his eyes glazed and red, we presume, since Friday.

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  • I had a nerve-racking test when I had to speak to a book club in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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  • Hugging the spectacular Ligurian coast, the route tilted uphill immediately with a 15. 8-kilometer (9. 8-mile) climb followed by a nerve-racking descent full of hairpin curves with cliffs heading down to the sea lurking just over the guardrails.

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  • The first soufflé after a period of abstention is always nerve-racking, and I hover by the oven anxiously, wishing I'd cleaned the glass more recently.

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  • Jan and I individually, or together with Alex, would also take him out in London, which at first was a nerve-racking and exhausting business.

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  • Being allowed out on his own made Henry a little happier, but it was nerve-racking for everybody else.

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  • About 80 will earn the right to a nerve-racking interview with the founders in Mountain View.

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  • The 42-year-old says the situation in Cairo was nerve-racking the last few nights once police were pulled from the streets.

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