verb (used with object)
- to secure by prompt action; catch or seize: The police nailed him with the goods.
- to catch (a person) in some difficulty, lie, etc.
- to detect and expose (a lie, scandal, etc.).
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Idioms for nail
- of present interest; under discussion.
- without delay; on the spot; at once: He was offered a job on the nail.
Origin of nail
OTHER WORDS FROM nailnailless, adjectivenaillike, adjectivere·nail, verb (used with object)
Words nearby nail
Example sentences from the Web for nail
This attributes to those awful side effects including hair loss, darkening of finger nails, etc.The Anatomy Of A Breast Cancer Survivor: ‘Early Detection Saved My Life’|Charli Penn|October 6, 2020|Essence.com
Her red lip and nail combination really helped me get into character-it was classic old Hollywood glam.Here’s The Beauty Routine Behind Laura Harrier’s Flawless Skin|Allison McGevna|October 5, 2020|Essence.com
Air- and heat-activated polish sealant as well as UV-cured gels, standard tools in the nail professional’s arsenal, also owe their origins to this former dentist.
Chicago dentist Maxwell Lappe had created an artificial fingernail for nail biters called Nu Nails in 1934.
Here we are 10 years later, and they have not even gotten to all of them, and the ones they have gotten to, the industry has fought tooth and nail.Gas explosions keep killing people, and the US government won’t step in|By Jeremy Deaton/Nexus Media News|September 29, 2020|Popular Science
MOSCOW—Every now and then I run into Anna Chapman at a nail salon called “Little Fingers” on Potapovsky Avenue in downtown Moscow.
Along the way, he accidentally embeds a nail in his foot, which is not symbolic at all.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale|Melissa Leon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The phrase means, “the nail that sticks out always gets hit by a hammer.”Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not enough that Democrats can win Arkansas, God knows, but maybe enough that they can nail down North Carolina again.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout|Michael Tomasky|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once you nail that down, you realize that all the dance steps emerge from that.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger|Marlow Stern|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Asitunan lag diyútay ug mahuswà ang kútiks, Just apply a little acetone on it, and the nail polish will come off.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
If stamping is desired, make rows of small circles, regular or irregular, by using the nail set and a wood mallet.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
She got up, pulled Jack's heavy sweater off a nail in the corner, and went out without another word to him or a look toward him.The Lookout Man|B. M. Bower
Nor was the Squire less aggrieved at first, for clearly it was to him a matter of high concern to nail Swift Nicks.The Yeoman Adventurer|George W. Gough
But he had stepped to the wall, and taken a riding-whip from a nail.Tess of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
British Dictionary definitions for nail
- to chew off the ends of one's fingernails
- to be worried or apprehensive
- in tough physical condition
- without sentiment or feelings
Derived forms of nailnailer, nounnail-less, adjective
Word Origin for nail
Medical definitions for nail
Idioms and Phrases with nail
In addition to the idioms beginning with nail
- nail down
- nail in one's coffin
- bite one's nails
- fight tooth and nail
- hard as nails
- hit the bull's-eye (nail on the head)
- on the nail