like sitting on a mat of needles
(ru2 zuo4 zhen1 zhan1)
在英語中，也有類似的片語：「To be on tenterhooks」。西方幾世紀以來將tenter用於羊毛布的製程。羊毛上殘留的油脂和髒污洗淨後，便需要晾乾。為了防止縮水，就必須把羊毛布撐開在一個木框上，而這木框就叫做tenter—這個字是從拉丁文的「tendere」而來，意為「to stretch」（拉緊）。框的四周以許多金屬鉤固定住，這些金屬鉤就叫做tenterhooks。繃緊在框上的布晾在戶外，這景象給人一種不自在的緊張焦慮感，而這便為現今「to be on tenterhooks」這一片語所表達的意義。
顯然這片語原來寫作「on the tenters」，出自一六三三年英國劇作家John Ford的劇作《Broken Heart》其中的一句「Passion, O, be contained. My very heart strings are on the Tenters」（強抑澎湃的熱情，我的心弦正緊繃著）。
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