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cut nail

a nail having a tapering rectangular form with a blunt point, made by cutting from a thin rolled sheet of iron or steel.
Origin of cut nail
An Americanism dating back to 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then came a better nail of wrought iron, clumsy but effective; and, later still, the cut nail in sole use a generation ago.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • A cut nail or other piece of metal driven into the slots fastens the jaws on the T-beam.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette

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