Synonyms of on tenterhooks in English:

on tenterhooks

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1‘she had been on tenterhooks all night, waiting for Joe to return’


in suspense, waiting with bated breath

anxious, nervous, nervy, apprehensive, worried, worried sick, on edge, edgy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, fretful, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, fidgety, on pins and needles

informal with butterflies in one's stomach, jittery, twitchy, in a state, uptight, wired, in a stew, in a dither, all of a dither, in a sweat, in a flap, in a tizz, in a tizzy, all of a lather, het up, in a twitter, waiting for the axe to fall

British informal strung up, windy, having kittens, all of a doodah

North American informal spooky, squirrelly, in a twit

NZ Australian informal toey

British vulgar slang shitting bricks, bricking oneself

dated overstrung