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A short nail with a thick head used to protect the soles of shoes or boots.
Having or decorated with a raised pattern of bumps resembling such nails.

[hob, peg, projection (obsolete) + nail.]

hob′nailed′ adj.
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(Clothing & Fashion)
a. a short nail with a large head for protecting the soles of heavy footwear
b. (as modifier): hobnail boots.
[C16: from hob1 (in the archaic sense: peg) + nail]
ˈhobˌnailed adj
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a large-headed nail for protecting the soles of heavy boots and shoes.
[1585–95; hob1 + nail]
hob′nailed`, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hobnail - a short nail with a thick headhobnail - a short nail with a thick head; used to protect the soles of boots
nail - a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
Verb1.hobnail - supply with hobnails
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"
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[ˈhɒbneɪl] Nclavo m (de botas)
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nSchuhnagel m, → Schuhzwecke f
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"That is all very true," said the Republican Form of Government, putting on its hobnail shoes; "but consider how I thrill you every Fourth of July."
Hobnail, the reformer; and Reverend Jul Bat, who has converted the whole torrid zone in his Sunday school; and Signor Torre del Greco, who extinguished Vesuvius by pouring into it the Bay of Naples; Spahi, the Persian ambassador; and Tul Wil Shan, the exiled nabob of Nepaul, whose saddle is the new moon.--But these are monsters of one day, and to-morrow will be dismissed to their holes and dens; for in these rooms every chair is waited for.
One's shoes must be strong and heavy, and have pointed hobnails in them.
Here, too, are the marks of his hobnails. When you entered--all four of you--did you look under the bed?"
But the Bete du bon Dieu does not wear hobnailed boots, nor fire revolvers, nor has she a hand like that!" exclaimed Daddy Jacques, again pointing out to us the red mark on the wall.
The floor was seemingly inches deep, except where there were recent footsteps, in which on holding down my lamp I could see marks of hobnails where the dust was cracked.
Operatives were sometimes accused of "looking a proper nana" in their large hobnail boots.
PS20, Oliver Bonas CLARTES BOHEMIA AZURE HOBNAIL JUG: This attention-grabbing azurecoloured hobnail jug is currently on sale.
Nail first gained attention singing in Newcastle blues band, the King Crabs, in which he wore a dress and hobnail boots on stage.
When people say the phrase "working class" the image that comes to mind is one of hobnail boots and flat caps, but since the 1950s the working classes have been really multicultural.
Kichler, for example, used the hobnail pattern technique from the 1940s for its Karmarie collection, while the Steel line featured industrial fire glass, which has a wire frame running through it.
The 2018 crop of corporate upstarts have been a motley bunch and, although lacking a true boo-hiss villain a la Katie Hopkins, they've been begging for a kick in the pants with a pair of hobnail size nines for several weeks now.