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stephanieconn commented on the word tenterhooks
Often misused as "Tenderhooks."
June 9, 2009
The compound tenterhook (1480) is "one of the hooks that holds cloth on a tenter." The figurative phrase on tenterhooks "in painful suspense" is from 1748; earlier to be on tenters (1533). from: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=t&p=6
oroboros commented on the word tenterhooks
Tenderhooks are much nicer, and, of course, preferred!
August 16, 2007
slumry commented on the word tenterhooks
If one is on tenterhooks, he is in a state of painful anxiety or unease.
June 27, 2007