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British English: /neɪl/
American English: /neɪl/

Translation of nail in French:


transitive verb

  • 1 (attach with nails) they nailed planks over the doors
    ils ont cloué des planches sur les portes
    to nail a picture to a wall
    clouer un tableau sur un mur


a nail in somebody's coffin

un coup dur

to hit the nail on the head

mettre le doigt dessus

cash on the nail

argent (m) comptant

to be as hard ou as tough as nails

to fight tooth and nail

se battre avec acharnement (against contre)

to nail it

you really nailed it! he really nailed it with his presentation
il a tapé dans le mille avec sa présentation

Phrasal verbs

nail down

1 nail down [something], nail [something] down 1.1 1.2 [figurative] (define)
définir (agreement, policy)
2 nail [somebody] down
coincer [informal] (person)
to nail somebody down to a time/date/price
obtenir de quelqu'un qu'il fixe une heure/une date/un prix

nail up

nail up [something], nail [something] up 1.1
clouer (picture, sign)
1.2 (board up)
condamner (avec des planches) (doors, windows)
(seal) clouer (box, crate)
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