Translation of nail in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /neɪl/


  • 1 [Constr] clavo (masculine); (smaller) puntilla (feminine) a nail in sb's coffin this failure is another nail in his coffin este fracaso es otro paso camino a su derrota each cigarette you smoke is another nail in your coffin con cada cigarrillo que fumas te vas cavando tu propia fosa to be as hard as nails ser* muy duro (de corazón) to hit the nail on the head dar* en el clavo to pay on the nail [colloquial/familiar] pagar* en el acto they paid cash on the nail pagaron a toca teja (Spain/España) or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) pagaron taca taca or (Chile) (Venezuela) chinchin or (Mexico/México) en caliente (y de repente) [colloquial/familiar]
    More example sentences
    • I also need a hammer and nails, picture hooks and the step ladder.
    • My grandad was an engineer by trade and we had loads of tools and boxes of nails, screws, hooks and no end of other fixings.
    • Bolts, nails and other metal scrap are dangerously strewn about on the bridges posing threat not only to the pedestrians but to the vehicles as well.
  • 2 [Anatomy/Anatomía] uña (feminine) to cut one's nails cortarse las uñas she bites her nails se come las uñas (before noun/delante del nombre) nail polish o (American English/inglés norteamericano) enamel o (British English/inglés británico) varnish esmalte (masculine) de uñas nail polish o (American English/inglés norteamericano) enamel o (in British English also/en inglés británico también) varnish remover quitaesmalte (masculine)
    More example sentences
    • Longitudinal striations are accentuated ridges in the nail surface that can occur as a normal part of the aging process.
    • The dorsal fold that lies on the surface of the nail is the eponychium, or cuticle.
    • Some of those patients had toenails so thick that they had outgrown the average nail clipper long ago.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (fix) clavar sheer panic nailed him to the spot se quedó clavado en el sitio de puro pánico

Phrasal verbs

nail down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 [lid/floorboard] clavar, asegurar con clavos 1.2 [cause] establecer* con certeza; [agreement] concretar 1.3 [person] see if you can nail him down on this issue a ver si logras que te dé una respuesta concreta sobre este asuntoto nail sb down to sth we must nail them down to a precise date tenemos que hacer que se comprometan a una fecha concreta

nail up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 [crate] cerrar* con clavos; [door/window] condenar ([ cerrando con tablas ]) 1.2 [picture/sign] clavar

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