- 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.).
Idioms about 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
How to use nail in a sentence
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
Chicago dentist Maxwell Lappe had created an artificial fingernail for nail biters called Nu Nails in 1934.
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.
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
But on Tuesday, we saw another nail hammered into the already pretty tightly nailed down coffin of the two-state solution.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The CID speculated that the woman was confirming who lived there before planting a homemade nail bomb.Abu Dhabi Treats U.S. Teacher’s Murder as Terrorist Attack|Chris Allbritton|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Piegan snorted when I told him we were on the dodge—that they were trying to nail us for holding up the paymaster.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
"Well, as far as public opinion goes, I s'pose Tom has hit the nail on the head," observed Bill.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
He pulled his heavy sweater down off a nail and put it on, scowling because the sleeves had to be pulled in place on his arms.
He disliked the look of Cash's rough coat and sweater and cap, that hung on a nail over Cash's bunk.
You,” said I. “You drive a nail as if it were an abstruse problem in differential calculus.The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
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
Other 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