1. one of a series of hooks used to hold cloth on a tenter
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How To Use tenterhook In A Sentence

  • But for today's child, vacation no longer means whiling away the time in front of the television, pestering the mother or keeping grandparents on tenterhooks for the most part of the day.
  • Last week we'd gone to check on the buds and decided to leave them for another week, which put us on a special kind tenterhook, since there's a good chance in the meanwhile that some other sansai gatherer who knows where the thorny trees are will come along with every right to take the buds - they are wild and free, after all - plus, there are mountain hikers passing near all the time who may spot and are not above even breaking the branches to get at the delicious tender buds to have with their camp dinner. PureLandMountain.com
  • Either the loser keeps the winner on tenterhook or the winner keeps the looser at bay! Top Stories - Google News
  • ‡ A tenterhook was a hooked device used in the 1700s to secure newly woven cloth onto a frame. On tenterhooks
  • Today you mentioned being on "tender hooks '"; I believe the term is actually "tenterhooks" implying a state of anxiety (and actually, in origin, is related to the manufacture of cloth!). Pam Holland Designs and Productions
  • The elimination final started on tenterhooks for both sides as the scoring was slow and the passages of play at times cumbersome.
  • tenterhooks" and fearing for his son's life if the all-rounder travels to play in next month's Indian Premier League. AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories
  • He was still on tenterhooks waiting for his directors' decision about the job.
  • Elizabeth had the knack of keeping her admirers on tenterhooks, as Crook well knew. STAGE FRIGHT
  • Presumably on tenterhooks for the return of their lords and masters. NIGHT SISTERS
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