- 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.
Origin of nail file
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for nailfile
"I've got nothing at all," he said—and picked up the nailfile and looked at it questioningly.
He was completely unnerved, and with the utmost efforts of his will he was unable to control the nailfile.
Uwantit (Combined pocket twoblade penknife with corkscrew, nailfile and pipecleaner).Ulysses
- a small file, chiefly either of metal or of board coated with emery, used to trim the nails
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