You've been having lunch with a friend and just noticed that your finger hurts because the skin around your fingernail hurts. You say:
Shoot! I've got a hangnail.
This is a more polite way to say "Shit!" You say this in situations like:
- when you're annoyed
- when you've made a mistake on something
- when you've forgotten something
A "hangnail" is one of the following:
- a small piece of skin around your fingernail that becomes torn
- a small piece of your fingernail that becomes torn but is still attached to your fingernail.
Hangnails are painful and annoying.
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