One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chew at one's nails as a nervous habit.‘I used to bite my nails’
- ‘All I can say is I stopped biting my nails, a lifelong habit, only after I said that final goodbye to him.’
- ‘We do offer acrylic nails as they are OK in certain circumstances such as to stop someone biting their nails or for a wedding, but we try to promote natural nails.’
- ‘If all else fails, try a bad tasting nail paint, specially formulated to put children off biting their nails.’
- ‘Whether yours is to quit smoking or biting your nails, when the sparkle of the Christmas celebrations has worn off, few of us will be sticking to our new year resolutions.’
- ‘Sure, it was unhealthy, but at least she wasn't biting her nails so much anymore and bitten nails, she'd decided, were so ugly and spoke of an unbalanced mind.’
- ‘The relationship seems to work wonders on him, too, as he begins to shed pounds, visit the gym and even break his long-standing habit of biting his nails.’
- ‘It's really out of my control, so what's the use in obsessively worrying and biting my nails and smoking and thinking of all the reasons I shouldn't get the job now that I want it.’
- ‘I get really nervous before recording and I start biting my nails.’
- ‘Parents must keep their children away from unsterile food and prevent such habits as biting their nails.’
- ‘This particular piece of info/tip relates to writing novels - a distressingly bad habit, like biting your nails, which some of you seem to have picked from mixing with entirely the wrong people.’
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