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be on tenterhooks - anxiously waiting for news about someone or something;

We were all on tenterhooks waiting to hear the result of the general election.

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2011-07-24 18:04:31
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2011-07-24 18:06:01
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2011-07-25 15:20:57
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2011-07-30 13:50:17
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2011-07-30 22:16:04
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2011-08-01 13:53:32
ghulam hussain wrote:
Please use the idioms in two different sentenses for better understanding of the meanings, if possible.

2011-08-05 05:42:06
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2011-08-10 10:58:45
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2011-08-12 13:31:19
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2011-08-16 10:42:49
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2011-08-16 10:43:27
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2011-08-16 13:01:41
now type your name wrote:
I was on tenterhooks waiting for my next idiom :)


2011-08-16 13:02:02
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2011-08-17 07:40:09
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2011-08-26 05:28:25
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2011-09-03 05:32:10
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2011-09-04 19:27:52
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2011-09-10 14:52:40
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2011-09-15 09:38:15
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2011-09-15 14:31:44
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Please keep on sending to me the idioms

2011-09-22 08:10:19
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2011-10-10 16:48:03
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2011-10-11 08:51:09
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2011-10-18 07:18:37
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2011-10-18 07:23:41
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2011-11-01 12:27:21
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2011-11-01 18:10:17
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2011-11-02 08:13:56
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2011-11-06 14:43:21
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2011-11-06 14:46:39
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2011-11-07 18:09:57
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2011-11-23 16:30:22
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2011-11-26 13:35:09
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2011-11-26 20:15:44
Bakrey wrote:
to the supervisor of this website
dear supervisor
hi three days i have been waiting for just one an idiom but nobody has sent to my email anything please let me know the reason
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2011-11-30 14:56:38
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2011-12-03 07:49:34
Muhammad Riaz wrote:
I have fruitfully gain knowledge to learn idioms that i received from your side, please keep it to continue for me.
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Thanks
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2011-12-07 13:22:36
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2011-12-17 07:25:09
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2011-12-23 17:53:38
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2011-12-24 10:35:56
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2011-12-27 21:29:29
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2011-12-28 16:26:33
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2012-01-09 07:14:46
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2012-01-16 05:23:46
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2012-01-17 08:39:38
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Thanks alot for your helpful idioms.

2012-01-24 06:29:17
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It helps me lot to enrich my idiom vocabulary

2012-01-25 09:11:25
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-Thanks

2012-01-31 16:35:28
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2012-02-12 05:15:15
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2012-02-16 20:35:54
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2012-02-25 05:43:53
naganandini wrote:
Its very nice. I am practiceing.

2012-02-27 06:32:32
Rafiqul Islam wrote:
Thank you very much for sending me 30 idioms.
But we need much more idioms to learn English dialect.
Would you send us constantly please?



2012-03-03 13:03:28
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that is ok i have to be good at speaking well with it thanks

2012-03-04 10:41:58
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2012-03-14 15:27:57
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I am on tenterhooks waiting more and more new idioms in coming days. Thanks a lot for idiom's team

2012-03-15 06:33:45
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2012-03-31 23:15:56
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2012-04-01 20:54:27
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2012-04-07 08:31:37
mohammad hosein wrote:
The more i learn idiom the more I realize that I know less.
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2012-04-08 10:00:44
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2012-04-16 09:21:21
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2012-04-16 11:48:46
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2012-04-22 09:59:54
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2012-04-23 04:05:36
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2012-04-27 10:27:57
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2012-04-27 10:28:20
asha wrote:
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2012-05-05 02:29:43
MuhammedSalik wrote:
Thank you verymach for senting regularly idioms.Because idiom is very importants for understanding English.Some time we don't know what is the idiom meaning? Thank you agian and agion

2012-05-05 22:06:18
now type your name wrote:
Nina wrote:
Thanks for having sent me One Idiom per day. They are such useful idioms. I'm looking forward to having more idioms, grammatical points, Please don't leave us I do need you.

2012-05-11 13:43:11
Daw Khin Myo Kyi wrote:
Thanks, whenever we are waiting to get the result, we are to be on tenderhook.

2012-05-11 13:49:03
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2012-05-14 09:49:47
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thanks for daily mail and i need to study grammar exercises , i hope u will sent me

2012-05-17 12:05:30
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2012-05-21 16:38:11
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2012-05-23 10:27:17
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2012-05-28 06:59:50
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2012-06-01 06:32:41
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Thanks for your help

2012-06-01 07:52:59
Soe Ohnmar Khin wrote:
thanks!

2012-06-01 08:40:16
muzgan wrote:
thanks & be continue

2012-06-03 17:06:59
muzgan wrote:
thanks, i hope u send me twice a day of idioms please...

2012-06-07 12:37:49
farah riaz wrote:
Thanks, that's all great.I wanna to get more.

2012-06-07 16:55:27
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2012-06-07 16:55:48
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poorna

2012-06-07 19:00:29
latif mohiuddin wrote:
THANK YOU

2012-06-08 19:38:10
shabana kaleem wrote:
please i want more for another month ill be more obliged

2012-06-10 13:27:36
moses wrote:
i'd like to say thanks a lot and to speak as an american native as well.i wanna to get more and more.where can i get these idiom study course books and pronunciation cd?i live in malaysia,kl.

2012-06-23 08:15:36
bharati wrote:
Thank u very much for sending so many idioms. I w'll be more than happy if you send idioms for another one more month

Bharati

2012-07-08 19:52:07
SUNITA wrote:
sunita
thanks for sending such interesting idioms daily.

2012-07-11 19:30:09
sonal wrote:
thnx

2012-07-14 18:49:19
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2012-07-23 17:06:50
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2012-07-29 19:00:13
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2012-08-09 06:36:04
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wish the best for U.

2012-08-24 09:26:00
zamanmashal wrote:
I was on tenterhooks waiting for my next idiom :)

2012-08-27 08:13:30
zamanmashal wrote:
Please use the idioms in two different sentenses for better understanding of the meanings, if possible.

2012-09-10 17:35:47
lyticia wrote:
Thank you

2012-10-03 12:16:19
chandrasekaran wrote:
wonderful

2012-11-21 07:02:49
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2012-11-23 22:04:17
mustafa wrote:
I have received just one idiom" a day" throughout my whole week.
Dear websiter,

thank you so much,for you have sent to me.Do you have more?
best wishes

2012-12-02 03:23:40
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Thanks.

2013-10-23 13:13:36
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2014-11-23 18:15:53
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2016-06-29 03:54:16
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2016-08-09 12:38:34
Farshid wrote:
This is a great meaning for being patient.