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.).
Words nearby nail
Idioms for 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 nailnail·less, adjectivenail·like, adjectivere·nail, verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for nailed
I was more impressed when she nailed a few less flattering character traits.
“During the test, we tried all the dances and I nailed none of them,” says Boseman with a chuckle.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger|Marlow Stern|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Neither Cantor nor any of the great singers who nailed their impressions are the true stars of the original video.Viral Video of the Day: 29 ‘Perfect’ Impressions Were Faked!|Alex Chancey|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kate Mulgrew and Lorraine Toussaint tell the behind-the-scenes story about how they nailed the brilliant scene.Inside Orange Is the New Black’s Terrifying Showdown Between Red and Vee|Kevin Fallon|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when they got to the airport, the FBI nailed him, the hostages were freed, and the movie was over.
And he killed ten wolves and nailed their heads to the meeting-house.The Green Door|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Shakes were used for shingles, and even––when nailed on frames––for doors.The Boy Settlers|Noah Brooks
These two ends are nailed on the ends of the connecting rails.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
All were not only nailed, but strongly tied together by sinnet-rope, so as to resist the hurricanes.The Story of John G. Paton|James Paton
So the way to be broken is to look on Him and to realise it was our sin which nailed Him there.The Calvary Road|Roy Hession
British Dictionary definitions for nailed
- 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
Medical definitions for nailed
Idioms and Phrases with nailed
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