doornail

[ dawr-neyl, dohr- ]
/ ˈdɔrˌneɪl, ˈdoʊr- /

noun

a large-headed nail formerly used for strengthening or ornamenting doors.

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Idioms for doornail

    dead as a doornail, stone-dead: After midnight, the town is dead as a doornail.

Origin of doornail

First recorded in 1300–50, doornail is from the Middle English word dornail.See door, nail
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British Dictionary definitions for doornail

doornail
/ (ˈdɔːˌneɪl) /

noun

(as) dead as a doornail dead beyond any doubt
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Idioms and Phrases with doornail

doornail

see dead as a doornail.

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