- a cigarette.
Origin of coffin nail
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for coffin nail
Put down those cards and chuck that coffin-nail into the stove.Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.A Christmas Carol
Later, I had a ring made of the coffin-nail, and I still wear it on the fore-finger of my right hand.
The ring made of the coffin-nail, which I wore on my thumb, constantly reminded me of my vow.
I was sitting on the opposite side of the littered-up table, engaged in rolling a pill, that is to say, a coffin-nail.The Adventures of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons
James Francis Thierry
- a slang term for cigarette
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