"pins & needles"?

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Fri Oct 11 02:47:28 UTC 2002

On Thu, 10 Oct 2002, sagehen wrote:

>In describing the state of alarm & nervous expectation experienced by
>people in the D.C. area because of the recent sniper shootings, a reporter
>on NPR this morning used the expression  "on pins & needles" where I'd have
>expected "on tenterhooks."  Anyone else find this odd?

No, I would find "on tenterhooks" very odd. What ARE tenterhooks, anyway?


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