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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. 2018.
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  • "I've got nothing at all," he said—and picked up the nailfile and looked at it questioningly.

  • He was completely unnerved, and with the utmost efforts of his will he was unable to control the nailfile.

  • Uwantit (Combined pocket twoblade penknife with corkscrew, nailfile and pipecleaner).

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for nailfile


a small file, chiefly either of metal or of board coated with emery, used to trim the nails
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