Meaning: very exciting, outcome not certain. Meaning and uses.
Rewrite 1: a heart-stopper
Rewrite 2: a fist-banger
Rewrite 3: a carpet wear-and-tearer
Rewrite 4: a floor-thumper
Rewrite 5: a foot-tapper
Comment: I’ve tried to describe some of the things you might do while nervously watching a very intense situation. I’m sure there are more.
More reading about clichés
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