nail1 [ neıl ] noun count **
1. ) a thin pointed piece of metal that you use to attach one thing to another by hitting it with a hammer
2. ) the smooth hard part that grows over the ends of your fingers and toes:
to cut/file your nails
I've told you before not to bite your nails.
hard/tough as nails
not affected by emotions such as sadness or sympathy
a nail in the coffin
one of a series of events or actions that seriously harm someone or something:
These job losses are the final nail in the region's coffin.
on the nail INFORMAL
1. ) correct:
Her comments about their relationship were right on the nail.
2. ) BRITISH if you pay on the nail, you pay immediately
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nail 2 [ neıl ] verb transitive *
1. ) nail to/across/over/together to attach one thing to another with a nail or nails:
He nailed the No Smoking sign to the wall.
Boards had been nailed over the front door.
nail something shut: The windows are nailed shut.
2. ) INFORMAL to prove that someone has done something wrong or illegal:
They finally nailed Capone for tax evasion.
3. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL to do something in a perfect way, especially in sport:
She nailed her final jump and won the gold medal.
,nail `down phrasal verb transitive
1. ) INFORMAL to make someone agree to something or tell you what they are going to do:
I'll try to nail Jim down about the date.
2. ) INFORMAL to definitely decide, arrange, or complete something:
They're on the verge of getting the agreement nailed down.
3. ) to attach something firmly in position with a nail or nails
,nail `up phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to use nails to fasten a door or window firmly shut
2. ) to attach something to a wall with a nail or nails

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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