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Hasil cari dari kata atau frase: To be on the tenter-hooks (0.01348 detik)
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Definition: To be on the tenter-hooks
, n. [OE. tenture, tentoure, OF. tenture a
stretching, spreading, F. tenture hangings, tapestry, from L.
tendere, tentum, to stretch. See Tend
A machine or frame for stretching cloth by means of hooks,
called tenter-hooks, so that it may dry even and square.
, a place where tenters are erected.
, a sharp, hooked nail used for fastening cloth
on a tenter.
To be on the tenters
, To be on the tenter-hooks
or To be on tenterhooks
, to be on the stretch; to be in distress,
uneasiness, or suspense. --Hudibras.
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