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doornail

[dawr-neyl, dohr-]
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noun
  1. a large-headed nail formerly used for strengthening or ornamenting doors.
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  1. dead as a doornail, stone-dead: After midnight, the town is dead as a doornail.
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Origin of doornail

First recorded in 1300–50, doornail is from the Middle English word dornail. See door, nail
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doornail

noun
  1. (as) dead as a doornail dead beyond any doubt
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doornail

see dead as a doornail.

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