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verb (tr, adverb)
to fasten down with or as if with nails
informal to extort a definite promise or consent fromI nailed him down on the deadline
informal to settle in a definite waythey nailed down the agreement
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nail down

Establish conclusively, as in The reporter nailed down the story by checking all the facts. This metaphoric expression alludes to fixing or fastening something down with nails. [c. 1600]

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