- small scissors with short curved blades for trimming the fingernails or toenails.
Origin of nail scissors
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for nail scissors
Oh, I jabbed him in the eye with a pair of nail-scissors, and he went away!The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
A touch of the hairbrush was necessary, and for his hands the file of the nail-scissors.Mammon and Co.
E. F. Benson
Beside seven broken pairs of nail-scissors was a scent-bottle with golden stopper.Carnival
It was a particularly sacred pair of nail-scissors that almost everything blunted.Christopher and Columbus
Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
Lacking this, she trundled home with all speed, and began cutting out roses with swift and certain strokes of the nail-scissors.Miss Mapp
Edward Frederic Benson