On Tender Hooks
On Tender Hooks | Chronicle Books
Tenters are no longer everyday objects but a hundred years ago, in wool weaving areas like the North of England, they were a common sight on the land around the many woollen mills, called 'tenter-fields'. It is easy to see how the figurative expression 'on tenterhooks', with its meaning of painful tension, derived from the 'tenting' or stretching of fabric.
The expression was originally 'on the tenters'. Towards the end of the century the more accurate 'on the tenterhooks' began to replace the earlier phrase.
- On tenterhooks or on tenderhooks? Eggcorns (3) – Jeremy Butterfield Editorial.
- Tenterhooks and/or tenderhooks.
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This first example that I have found of it in print is in the edition of a periodical that was published annually between and , The General History of Europe :. The mischief is, they will not meet again these two years, so that all business must hang upon the tenterhooks till then.
On tenterhooks or on tenderhooks? Eggcorns (3)
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On Tender Hooks
How old is the word? How old is the metaphor? The line from Don Juan runs as follows: [It] keeps the atrocious reader in suspense; The surest way for ladies and for books To bait their tender or their tenter-hooks. Does tender here go with hooks?
Tenterhooks or Tenderhooks?
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