An english saying. If someone is on tenterhooks, they are very nervous/excited about something that they are waiting for, and possibly dreading.
"Gee whiz, I was on tenterhooks beuase she hadn't turned up to our 5th year anniversary date yet. Turns out, she dumped me in a voicemail."
by reavreav July 24, 2008
(or tenterhooks) meaning to wait with feelings of nervousness or anxiety in anticipation for something to happen in the near future.
by mailburner January 13, 2010