Definition of Nerve-wracking

1. Adjective. Extremely irritating to the nerves. "A trying day at the office"

Exact synonyms: Nerve-racking, Stressful, Trying
Similar to: Disagreeable

Definition of Nerve-wracking

1. Adjective. Intensely distressing or irritating to the nerves. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nerve-wracking

nerve-wracking (current term)
nerve agent
nerve agents
nerve avulsion
nerve biopsy
nerve block
nerve block anaesthesia
nerve block anesthesia
nerve cell
nerve cell body
nerve cells
nerve center
nerve centers
nerve centre
nerve compression

Literary usage of Nerve-wracking

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1966 - . wracking his brain for the next day's copy —William Irvin, Saturday Rev., 24 Dec. 1955 nerve-wracking is an established variant of ..."

2. Behind the Battle Line, Around the World in 1918 by Madeleine Zabriskie Doty (1918)
"Paris is at once the most enchanting and nerve wracking of cities. It is nerve wracking because of air raids and the big guns. Yet this very torment is the ..."

3. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine by Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection (Library of Congress) (1913)
"... each day reeking from dawn to dark with the driving, nerve-wracking, heart-wringing work that falls to my profession, I lead an absolutely abstemious ..."

4. Green Light!: Men of the 81st Troop Carrier Squadron Tell Their Story by Martin Wolfe (1989)
"... at manual jobs before joining up, but for all of us these weeks in the late summer and autumn of 1944 were physically exhausting and nerve-wracking. ..."

5. Society and Prisons by Thomas Mott Osborne (1916)
"... the horrible darkness; the cruel iron wall of the death-chamber at our backs; the nerve- wracking monotone of the whirring dynamo through the other wall ..."

6. Greatest Short Stories (1915)
"... the daily toll never rose above five or six; but it meant a great deal of nerve-wracking work for me, and I was glad when the remnant of my "soldiers" ..."

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