Profile: Ivy Wigmore
Which is correct?
|As the festive season — and the end of the fiscal year — approaches, we are all on _________ waiting to hear whether the 2014 budget has been approved.
Firstly, it is tenter hooks, not tender hooks. It means waiting with anxiety. Tenter is a rack for drying cloth and a tenter hook is a nail with an upward curve on which the cloth is hung.
I was on tenter hooks until the test results arrived. Tender hooks do not exist and if they did, they would be ineffective because they are tender.
That’s what I thought, when I heard “tenderhooks” — they just wouldn’t be much use.
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