A hen with one chick, as any mother with only one child, tends to be more possessive and protective than a parent with many offspring.This tendency usually manifests itself in finicky, fretful the wind up To be nervous; to be distressed or anxious.But if they got remarried, you have a staggering 91% likelihood of getting divorced.Parents who deal with a child's ADHD diagnosis are nearly 23% more likely to divorce before the child turns 8. Not only do many divorce risk factors correlate to poverty, but marital happiness dramatically decreases as couples don't pay off their debts or take on new ones.This expression and its variant, a bloody sweat, allude to Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane:mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state - (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic; "a manic state"uneasiness, concern, care, worry, doubt, tension, alarm, distress, suspicion, angst, unease, apprehension, misgiving, suspense, nervousness, disquiet, trepidation, foreboding, restlessness, solicitude, perturbation, watchfulness, fretfulness, disquietude, apprehensiveness, dubiety As Queequeg and I are now fairly embarked in this business of whaling; and as this business of whaling has somehow come to be regarded among landsmen as a rather unpoetical and disreputable pursuit; therefore, I am all to repel a charge often made against whalemen, and which, in the estimation of some already biased minds, might be considered as indirectly substantiated by what has been said of the Frenchman's two whales.
The latter dates from 1862 and has the additional meanings ‘swiftly, nimbly.’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was the title of a 1955 play by Tennessee pins and needles Apprehensive, anxious; in a state of nervous or uneasy anticipation; on tenterhooks.
The word was used figuratively as early as the late 17th century; The Winthrop Papers records a 1692 usage of “the tenterhooks of expectation” by G. In Roderick Random (1748) Tobias Smollett writes: Eventually such explanatory phrases became elliptically understood, leaving us with the now common on the anxious seat In a state of apprehension or suspense; in a state of difficulty or doubt.
The figurative expression derives from the literal anxious seat or bench, or mourners’ bench, of American revivalist camp meetings, on which penitents desirous of forgiveness and seeking conversion were wont to sit while anxiously awaiting the call or sign of salvation.
This expression is an allusion to the behavior of a cat in strange surroundings.
The March 16, 1824 edition of the Woodstock [Vermont] Observer contains the phrase:like a cat on a hot tin roof Very uncomfortable, uneasy, nervous.