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

Translation of nail in German:

noun

  • 1
    (on finger, toe)
    Nagel, der
    cut one's nails
    sich Dat. die Nägel schneiden
    bite one's nails
    an den Nägeln kauen
    [figurative]
    wie auf Kohlen sitzen
  • 2
    (metal spike)
    Nagel, der
    be hard as nails [figurative]
    steinhart sein
    (fit)
    topfit sein
    (unfeeling, insensitive)
    knallhart sein
    [colloquial]
    hit the [right] nail on the head
    [figurative] [colloquial]
    be a nail in somebody's/something's coffin, drive a nail into somebody's/something's coffin
    [figurative]
    ein Nagel zu jemandes Sarg/ein Sargnagel für etwas sein
    [colloquial]
    on the nail [figurative]
    [colloquial] (bezahlen, sein Geld kriegen)

transitive verb

  • 1
    (fasten) to an + Akk.
    nail planks over something
    etwas mit Brettern vernageln
    nail two planks together
    zwei Bretter zusammennageln
  • 2 [figurative] (expose) See examples:nail something [to the counter or barn door]
    etwas anprangern
  • 3 [figurative] (fix) See examples:be nailed to the spot/ground
    wie angenagelt sein
    [colloquial]
    nail one's eyes/attention on something
    seine Augen auf etwas Akk. heften [formal]/seine Aufmerksamkeit auf etwas Akk. konzentrieren
  • 4 [figurative]
    (secure, catch, engage)
    an Land ziehen
    [colloquial] (Vertrag, Auftrag)

Phrasal verbs

nail down

transitive verb 1
festnageln
(Kiste, Fenster)
2 [figurative] (define)
(Argument)
festlegen
(Strategie)
(bind) See examples:nail somebody down to something
jemanden auf etwas Akk. festnageln

nail up

transitive verb 1
(close)
2
(affix with nail) against an + Akk.

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