nerve-racking vs nerve-wracking

nerve-racking nerve-wracking


  • 1) intensely irritating or distressing to the nerves
  • 2) Intensely distressing or irritating to the nerves.
  • 3) Extremely irritating to the nerves; stressful; trying.


  • 1) Being allowed out on his own made Henry a little happier, but it was nerve-racking for everybody else.
  • 2) 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.
  • 3) I had a nerve-racking test when I had to speak to a book club in Moncton, New Brunswick.
  • 4) 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.
  • 5) 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.
  • 6) 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.
  • 7) And yet, the result of reams of paperwork, hours of parenting classes, home visits, interviews, and nerve-racking times of waiting was glorious.
  • 8) 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.
  • 9) ‘They will talk of prisons in Greece, of frightful justice systems, and of a nerve-racking ordeal which the enthusiast is never likely to forget.’
  • 10) ‘Postponing a scheduled surgical procedure ratchets up stress in an already nerve-racking event.’
  • 11) ‘This was a nerve-wracking ordeal for me as Tony's bungalow was one of the few on the mine where the windows were not netted in.’
  • 12) ‘It's nerve-wracking and fraught with the potential for rejection and humiliation.’
  • 13) ‘The ordeal of the police identity parade is as nerve-wracking for those who take part as the witnesses on the far side of the darkened glass screen.’
  • 14) ‘That was a difficult and nerve-racking situation.’
  • 15) ‘The stress of pregnancy, revelation of pregnancy to parents, and moving on despite the shame and worry can be nerve-racking.’
  • 16) ‘So my first 10-minute speech was a very difficult and nerve-racking time.’
  • 17) ‘I met with them both in the morning to support them during this stressful and nerve-racking day.’
  • 18) ‘Exams can be nerve-wracking, and controlling your stress levels around this time can be difficult.’
  • 19) ‘Flying is nerve-wracking at the best of times, and it only takes one stupid and irresponsible person to turn a holiday flight into an airborne nightmare.’
  • 20) ‘And he admits his first show, in Shepherds Bush, London, where Naomi was in the audience, was nerve-wracking.’
  • 21) ‘Eye contact can be nerve-wracking in a presentation setting, but stay cool try to focus on each classmate one at a time.’
  • 22) ‘This is obviously a distracting, nerve-wracking, uncomfortable experience for him.’
  • 23) ‘The fact only one team will be relegated at the end of the campaign doesn't make matters any less nerve-wracking for those in the danger zone.’
  • 24) ‘A nurse is facing a nerve-wracking few weeks waiting for the result of tests to find whether or not he has been injected with the HIV virus.’
  • 25) ‘But he pushed me to make amends, and the whole thing was pretty nerve-wracking really, but it was a mostly cool night.’
  • 26) ‘‘I went in for a camera test and that was the most nerve-wracking part of the entire shoot,’ she says.’
  • 27) ‘The game ended up going to a penalty shootout, which was pretty nerve-wracking, and a little anticlimatic at the same time.’
  • 28) ‘Just getting up on the stage at first was really nerve-wracking.’

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