When Malcolm Borrowdale mentioned Tenterhooks in his message, I recalled my
mother (from Withnell & Darwen) who worked with her sister in the Darwen
cotton mills. A saying of hers was "He (or She) is on tenterhooks". Meaning
He or She was on edge or agitated over something. The dictionary here in
Australia states:- Tenter-A frame over which the cloth is stretched. A
minder of the machine.
Tenterhooks- Hooks from which the cloth is suspended.
So now I know what my mother meant when she said that I (that's me) was on
tenterhooks. I was in suspense most of my young days.
Harry Hamilton ( mlfhs 11261)