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Tenterhooks

Today I have been feeling on “tenterhooks”, which, although mildly annoying, brought me quite nicely to my word for today. To explain the derivation of the word - a tenter is a frame over which cloth is stretched so as to prevent it shrinking while drying; hooks are used to hold the cloth in place.

 

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Definition:

Tenterhooks (adj.) - distracted by uncertainty, in a state of suspense, on the lookout, standing by.

Synonyms : expectant, tense, keyed up, tantalised.

Scrabble Value:

T = 1 point
E = 1 point
N = 1 point
T = 1 point
E = 1 point
R = 1 point
H = 4 points
O = 1 point
O = 1 point
K = 5 points
S = 1 point

Tenterhooks is worth at least 18 points in the game of scrabble and would be a wise word choice!

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14 May 2012 15:29

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