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nail file

a small file of metal or cardboard, for trimming, smoothing, or shaping the fingernails and sometimes having a point for removing dirt from under them.
Origin of nail file
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His only tools were a knife, a tiny saw the size of a nail file and a pot of glue.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Crown had said over the wire that Russell's nail file was missing.

    No Clue James Hay
  • The nail file and nail scissors must be used as often as possible.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • With a gesture of disgust he threw the nail file on one of the twin beds.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • She sat, absently tapping the shelf with a nail file, and reflecting.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But Claire urged her to open the box, and with a nail file Rosanna broke the fine cords that held the seal.

    The Girl Scout's Triumph Katherine Keene Galt
  • I had my nail file out and was touching up a cuticle, holding it out for inspection before I said anything.

    The Misplaced Battleship Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)

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