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[neyl-bruhsh] /ˈneɪlˌbrʌʃ/
a small brush with stiff bristles, used to clean the fingernails.
Origin of nailbrush
First recorded in 1795-1805; nail + brush1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His aphorism was, "Gentlemen, the secret of surgery is the nailbrush."

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • His wiry, bony hands ignore a nailbrush and the luxury of lemon.

    A Daughter of Eve Honore de Balzac
  • My bath-sponge, soap, and nailbrush vigorously applied for a few seconds showed me that there was no picture to clean!

    Grim Tales Edith Nesbit
  • To keep them clean, the nailbrush and soap and water should be used once or oftener daily, as circumstances demand.

British Dictionary definitions for nailbrush


a small stiff-bristled brush for cleaning the fingernails
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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