Definition of nail in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- In mammals, alpha-keratin is found in hair, bristles, hooves, nails, and claws as well as in soft skin.
- All toes except the hallux have claws; the hallux has a nail.
- According to zoo officials, the stuffing is almost over and finishing touches are being given to the animal's eyes and nails.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
When the word nail emerged in the Old English period it already had its main modern meanings of ‘small metal spike’ and ‘fingernail’. To nail a lie is to expose a falsehood, an idiom known from the early nineteenth century. The reference is most likely to shopkeepers nailing forged coins to their shop counter to expose them and put them out of circulation. If money is paid on the nail it is paid without delay, immediately. The phrase may come from the Satires of the Roman poet Horace, who used ad ungulum, ‘on the nail’, to mean ‘to perfection’ or ‘to the utmost’. This referred either to Roman sculptors making the finishing touches to their work with a fingernail, or to carpenters using a fingernail to test the accuracy of a joint. An American equivalent was on the barrelhead, an upturned barrel being a simple shop counter.
fight tooth and nail
- see tooth.
hard as nails
- (Of a person) very tough; completely callous or unfeeling.Example sentences
- ‘One of these days you're going to say something like that and someone is going to hurt you for it,’ he hissed, his voice cold and hard as nails.
- Lisa, who's hard as nails, was clearly having none of it, and handed the woman a ten pound note for the £12.70 charge, saying ‘I don't care if your children do starve’.
- Women are soft like fluffy cotton, men are hard as nails and plywood.
a nail in the coffin
- An action or event regarded as likely to have a detrimental or destructive effect on a situation, enterprise, or person: this was going to put the final nail in the coffin of his careerMore example sentences
- The Huntmaster said: ‘It is a nail in the coffin but they have got a few more to get in yet before we are gone completely.’
- But while I am cognizant of the slippery slope, I think it's silly to say that every less-than-ideal action is a nail in the coffin of liberty.
- Genetically modified crops could put a nail in the coffin of traditional and organic farming in the area.
nail someone down
- Elicit a firm promise or commitment from someone: I can’t nail her down to a specific dateMore example sentences
- I want people to know when they come to a show that it's going to be all over the place and that it's fun without having to nail us down to any other expectation.
- Cos the last time a target was just a lofty goal, not a commitment or a promise. Let's nail him down this time.
- Now, I am not looking to nail you down about what material you want to put on - I understand that those things are dependent upon how the material shapes - but what time are we looking at?
nail something down
- Solutions to this petty thievery include nailing things down, making the waitstaff responsible for keeping an eye on items, and sometimes just not using the top of the line accoutrements anymore.
- To help keep tips curved up, some skiers attached a wire to the tip and stretched it taut, nailing it down to a point lower on the ski.
- Once you have nailed things down pretty well, I recommend using the third method, explained below.
- I'll keep thinking about it and see if I can nail it down a little more precisely.
- But the story by now has become a rollercoaster, and I am an agnostic until someone nails it down.
- And because it's of course in our backyard - we're based down here - we had some very good sources and we were able to nail this story down.
- He has had opportunities to win the job but hasn't come close to nailing it down.
- Until common standards, definitions and interpretations are nailed down and agreed, participants in future talks may as well be speaking two different languages.
- That's the great danger that nothing about this handover has been nailed down, nothing that - you can't say the ink has not dried yet - the document hasn't been written yet.
- Example sentences
- This is a completely nailless system that snaps together for to form a smooth seam and pull apart easily.
- The straw roofs and nailless construction techniques are endlessly fascinating and there is an interesting pamphlet available in English.
- Our products are nailless and easy to assemble.
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