Definition of nailed on in English:

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nailed on


British informal
1Constituting a certainty; guaranteed to happen or definitely the case: he thought he was nailed on for the England job their recent record suggests that a win is not nailed on Spurs were denied a nailed-on penalty
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  • Juninho is replaced by Oaf, who is nailed on to score.
  • Probably only three players are nailed on to be in the side which attempts to retain the cup at Oakland Hills.
  • Yeah, Paula's the only one nailed on to win a medal.
1.1Very likely to win or succeed: the nailed-on favourite for Best Picture
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  • In Athens last November, Dunne showed why people considered him a nailed-on prospect at a young age.
  • They must be nailed on favourites for the 4th place trophy now.
  • Walsh is currently sitting pretty as the nailed-on 1/5 favourite.

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