- 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.).
Idioms about 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 nailnailless, adjectivenaillike, adjectivere·nail, verb (used with object)
How to use nail in a sentence
She did what I asked but I still had to fight tooth and nail to get her “on schedule.”Distance learning was a disaster. So I decided to teach my daughter myself.|Tracey Lewis-Giggetts|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
For many PPC marketers, the very suggestion of using broad match keywords is like nails on a chalkboard.Google Ads wants advertisers to give broad match another shot|Ginny Marvin|November 16, 2020|Search Engine Land
Her patient, intent gaze spied that Thismia, a plant with a flower no bigger than a pinkie nail.In praise of serendipity — and scientific obsession|Nancy Shute|November 6, 2020|Science News
If you’re running out of fridge magnet space, you can use the clip’s hanging hole to attach it to hooks, thumbtacks, nails, etc.
This year, the short becomes the latest bit of content to get shoveled up in the great streaming wars of 2020, as media companies fight tooth and nail for back catalogues.‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is now an Apple TV+ exclusive|Brian Heater|October 22, 2020|TechCrunch
But on Tuesday, we saw another nail hammered into the already pretty tightly nailed down coffin of the two-state solution.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I was more impressed when she nailed a few less flattering character traits.
Somehow Turner nailed that one second of surpassing natural force.
“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
For example, the bookmobile was a WPA program—old bread and milk trucks full of nailed-up shelves.James Lee Burke Talks About His Fiction, History, and the American Dream|David Masciotra|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Where the stone wall had to be left open for bar-ways, to drive through, he went to work and nailed up the bars.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
The bird-stuffer in Alderney had some wings of Nightjars nailed up behind his door which had been shot in that Island by himself.Birds of Guernsey (1879)|Cecil Smith
"That's a cross dog of yours," cried the woman, kicking at Pincher, with her heavy nailed boots.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
"I'm rather glad the chair is nailed to the floor," he remarked, as he settled himself more comfortably.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
Now, all Jess could see were two thick chunks of wood nailed securely to the closed door opposite the open one.The Box-Car Children|Gertrude Chandler Warner
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 forms of nailnailer, nounnail-less, adjective
Word Origin for nail
Medical definitions for nail
Other 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