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toenail

[toh-neyl] /ˈtoʊˌneɪl/
noun
1.
a nail of a toe.
2.
Carpentry. a nail driven obliquely.
3.
Printing Slang. a parenthesis.
verb (used with object)
4.
Carpentry. to secure with oblique nailing.
Origin of toenail
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; toe + nail
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  • From a knife to a toenail, they was nothing that Levine couldn't use in a fight.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • So Scraggs, mustering his courage, flew at poor Hicks tooth and toenail.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • A toenail, particularly twisted, has been traced through three generations, on the same foot and toe.

  • She complained exceedingly and for a long time about the thickening of a toenail, even after the thickened part had been removed.

  • Cut all corner posts exactly the same length, toenail at corners to sill, and hold in position by temporary braces.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • They threw themselves upon the beach and clung "tooth and toenail" when the breaker receded.

British Dictionary definitions for toenail

toenail

/ˈtəʊˌneɪl/
noun
1.
a thin horny translucent plate covering part of the dorsal surface of the end joint of each toe related adjectives ungual ungular
2.
(carpentry) a nail driven obliquely, as in joining one beam at right angles to another
3.
(printing, slang) a parenthesis
verb
4.
(transitive) (carpentry) to join (beams) by driving nails obliquely
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Word Origin and History for toenail
n.

also toe-nail, 1735, from toe (n.) + nail (n.).

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toenail in Medicine

toenail toe·nail (tō'nāl')
n.
The thin, horny, transparent plate covering the upper surface of the end of a toe.

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