2006-06-26

tenter

A framework on which fabric can be held taut for drying or other treatment during manufacture. (Oxford American Dictionary)

tenterhook: a hook used to fasten cloth on a drying frame or tenter.

on tenterhooks: in a state of suspense or agitation because of uncertainty about a future event.

2006-06-19

suzerainty

A state that has some control over another state that is internally autonomous.

2006-06-05