There are 2 translations of nail in Spanish:

nail1

Pronunciation: /neɪl/

n

  • 1 [Building/Construcción] clavo (m); (smaller) puntilla (f) 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] (before noun/delante del nombre) nail bomb bomba (feminine) de metralla
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    • 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)
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    • 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.

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Most first names in Spanish-speaking countries are those of saints. A person's santo, (also known as onomástico in Latin America and onomástica in Spain) is the saint's day of the saint that they are named for. Children were once usually named for the saint whose day they were born on, but this is less common now.

There are 2 translations of nail in Spanish:

nail2

vt

  • 1 (fix) clavar sheer panic nailed him to the spot se quedó clavado en el sitio de puro pánico
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    • Secure each additional board to the furring strips by nailing diagonally through the top edge of the tongue.
    • Boards nailed on tree trunks frequently advertise computer training institutes, he said.
    • So the shelter was finished, the tin roof nailed down and the walls re-enforced.
  • 2 [colloquial/familiar] 2.1 (apprehend) agarrar or (Spain/España) coger*, trincar* (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] 2.2 (obtain, secure) conseguir*, hacerse* con [colloquial/familiar] you nailed it! ¡le acertaste!
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    • The police, through hours and hours and hours of work, nailed that criminal.
    • The only people who can nail the perpetrators are the reporters who heard the leaks.
    • Detectives hunting a gunman who executed a father-of-three in a gangland murder have appealed to the criminal underworld to help nail the killer.
    2.3 (expose) [lie] poner* al descubierto
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    • The Clerk of the Senate nailed that lie five years ago when he pointed out the Constitution makes clear federal law takes precedence over state law.
    • Let me finally nail the lie that service pensions are free.
    • Must we wait another twenty years to nail this other lie to the wall as by then it will be too late for this radio station.
    2.4 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Sport/Deporte] derrotar; (in league) eliminar
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    • But after just a couple of swings, I started nailing the ball with a high draw.
    • Instinctively, I jumped into the air and nailed the ball with my right foot.
    • He can push the batsman on to his back-foot with a well-directed short-pitched delivery and then unleash a fuller length ball to nail him.
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    • Even if the throws don't nail runners, the goal is to keep them close enough so they can't score on singles.
    • A great defensive play to nail the lead runner would have left a man on 1st with 1 out, a run expectancy of 0.573.
    • For a split-second I thought he might have a shot at an inside-the-park homer, though a strong throw probably would have nailed him.
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    • He held a narrow 8-7 advantage at the first bell, but turned on the style in the second round and nailed his opponent with some brilliant combinations.
    • The object is to hit your opponent while avoiding being nailed yourself.
    • The sharpshooter kept the West in the game down the stretch, nailing a couple jumpers to keep the score close.
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    • Last, but not least, for the first time in this league race, the Ibrox men entered into the encounter knowing pole position would be nailed with a victory.
    • His final birdie putt pulled him level with defending champion who failed to nail his own birdie putt for victory.
    • Though Kandy had the edge in the scrums and lineouts, the tough Sailors with their bruising play nailed their opponents.

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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Word of the day torta
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Most first names in Spanish-speaking countries are those of saints. A person's santo, (also known as onomástico in Latin America and onomástica in Spain) is the saint's day of the saint that they are named for. Children were once usually named for the saint whose day they were born on, but this is less common now.