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  • He, too, had suffered the nerve-shaking experience of viewing the outer stars, but his ignorant peasant mind had not the sharply formulated opinions of Ertz, the Chief Engineer.

    Destiny Narrowly Avoided

  • Ultima V also contains one of the most nerve-shaking experiences in all of videogaming.

    Some of my favorite video game villains! « Skulls in the Stars

  • There were noises of German in the passage, and other nerve-shaking sounds.

    The War in the Air

  • Leading a charge can be nothing like so nerve-shaking a business as sitting in an easy-chair and waiting on the news of it.

    Greenmantle

  • When they came up they did not plunge in forthwith; but leisurely set about making a most nerve-shaking set of preparations, taking off their clothes, and forming them into bundles, which, to my horror, they put on the tops of their heads.

    Travels in West Africa

  • Me it shall content to watch butterflies sip the nerve-shaking nectar of the paper-barks, and in their rowdy flight cut delirious scrolls against the unsullied sky.

    My Tropic Isle

  • In spite of the greater activity and muscular power of the lizard, the combat seemed unfair, for in the cunning persistency of the frail but determined little snake there was something uncanny and nerve-shaking.

    My Tropic Isle

  • I was afraid to stay in the hotel it was becoming clear to me what a nerve-shaking thing it must be to, be a genuine fugitive from justice.

    Marazan

  • "There is never anything so nerve-shaking as a stage whisper."

    Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies The Missing Pearl Necklace

  • With one tiny paw uplifted she immediately decides that artists are not as photographers, and may be trusted to take portraits without the intervention of any snappy and nerve-shaking apparatus.

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III, April 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

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