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.).
- of present interest; under discussion.
- without delay; on the spot; at once: He was offered a job on the nail.
Origin of nail
Related formsnail·less, adjectivenail·like, adjectivere·nail, verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for nail
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 Formsnailer, nounnail-less, adjective
Word Origin for nail
Medicine 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