hangnail


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hang·nail

 (hăng′nāl′)
n.
A small piece of dead skin at the side or the base of a fingernail that is partly detached from the rest of the skin.

[Alteration of agnail (influenced by hang).]

hangnail

(ˈhæŋˌneɪl)
n
a piece of skin torn away from, but still attached to, the base or side of a fingernail
[C17: from Old English angnægl, from enge tight + nægl nail; influenced by hang]

hang•nail

(ˈhæŋˌneɪl)

n.
a small piece of partly detached skin at the side or base of the fingernail.
[1300–50; Middle English angenayle corn, Old English angnægl=ang + nægl callus, nail; modern h- by association with hang]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hangnail - a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernailhangnail - a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
Translations

hangnail

[ˈhæŋneɪl] Npadrastro m

hang·nail

n. uñero, uña encarnada.

hangnail

n padrastro (en el dedo)
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He twisted and untwisted his hands, pinched a hangnail between a shaking thumb and forenger and tugged it.
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I tell veterans that if you're in the service and you get so much as a hangnail, get that in your service record.
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I never seen so many alibis for a guy having a hangnail or something like that.
It's the bit where she picking on herself (we're supposed to see this as mental abuse too, we're guessing) as she picks and picks and picks at a rather nightmarish hangnail.
He considers it more literary than legal, its basic message being to "pull the plug" if he has a hangnail.
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Getting rid of a notified body solely because of the auditor is a little like cutting a finger off to get rid of a hangnail.
Marcus Welby could treat everything from a hangnail to a hematoma.