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1. A slim, pointed piece of metal hammered into material as a fastener.
a. A fingernail or toenail.
b. A claw or talon.
3. Something resembling a nail in shape, sharpness, or use.
4. A measure of length formerly used for cloth, equal to 1/16 yard (5.7 centimeters).
tr.v. nailed, nail·ing, nails
1. To fasten, join, or attach with or as if with a nail.
2. To cover, enclose, or shut by fastening with nails: nail up a window.
3. To keep fixed, motionless, or intent: Fear nailed me to my seat.
4. Slang
a. To stop and seize; catch: Police nailed the suspect.
b. To detect and expose: nailed the senator in a lie; nail corruption before it gets out of control.
5. Slang
a. To strike or bring down: nail a bird in flight; nail a running back.
b. To perform successfully or have noteworthy success in: nailed the dive; nailed the exam.
6. Baseball To put out (a base runner).
7. Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
Phrasal Verb:
nail down
1. To discover or establish conclusively: nailed down the story by checking all the facts.
2. To win: nailed down another victory in the golf tournament.
3. To specify or fix: We were finally able to nail down a meeting time.

[Middle English, from Old English nægl, fingernail, toenail; see nogh- in Indo-European roots.]

nail′er n.

nail down

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to fasten down with or as if with nails
2. informal to extort a definite promise or consent from: I nailed him down on the deadline.
3. informal to settle in a definite way: they nailed down the agreement.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.nail down - succeed in obtaining a positionnail down - succeed in obtaining a position; "He nailed down a spot at Harvard"
bring home the bacon, deliver the goods, succeed, win, come through - attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"
2.nail down - define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
determine - fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; "the tree determines the border of the property"
concretize - make something concrete
3.nail down - make final; put the last touches on; put into final form; "let's finalize the proposal"
terminate, end - bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

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vt sep
(lit) boxzunageln; carpet, lidfestnageln
(fig) personfestnageln (→ to auf +acc); I nailed him down to coming at 6 o’clockich nagelte ihn auf 6 Uhr fest
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