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nail file

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noun
  1. a small file of metal or cardboard, for trimming, smoothing, or shaping the fingernails and sometimes having a point for removing dirt from under them.
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Origin of nail file

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for nail file

Historical Examples

  • He made use of his own comb and brush, tooth-brush, nail-file and whiskbroom.

    Jokes For All Occasions

    Anonymous

  • With an effort, I was able to take a nail-file from a dressing-table.

  • Your nail-file's missing from your dressing case—disappeared since yesterday morning.

    No Clue

    James Hay

  • He flung himself down in a chair before his dressing-table and picked up a nail-file.

    The Black Moth

    Georgette Heyer

  • I havent seen it since she borrowed it, and Ive ruined my nail-file trying to open the box of cake mother sent.