nail down

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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
References in classic literature ?
Nail down the lid; caulk the seams; pay over the same with pitch; batten them down tight, and hang it with the snap-spring over the ship's stern.
Lydgate uttered this speech in the curt hammering way with which we usually try to nail down a vague mind to imperative facts.
I've been in the first team a few years and my main goal for this year was to really nail down a position.
That's why we stayed out working until quarter to one on Tuesday lunchtime - as we did last week - to nail down our pattern of play, nail down what we do, to nail down whose responsibility it is to get in the box and areas where we create and deliver; who's marking who when they break away.
Now Elliott is entering the final year of his Firhill deal he's determined to nail down his favoured position.
Chris Christie's administration to nail down a financing system for offshore wind energy ventures ahead of a federal auction to sell lease rights for wind ranches off the state's shore.
Using the initial pictures, scientists could nail down the time of impact to just 24 hours between March 27-28, 2012.
intelligence is taking the lead in trying 'to nail down the facts' for the U.
The 22-year-old made 15 Premier League appearances last season, but failed to nail down a specific position - playing across the defence and in midfield.
Bogdanovic (above) has failed to nail down a regular place since joining United on a free from Barnsley last summer.
The basic fact is this: the trilateral Joint Working Group of Pakistan, India and Iran, which will have to nail down the specifics of any agreement, has met six times over the years.
Former Celtic striker Beattie has been unable to nail down a first-team spot with the Baggies since arriving in July 2007.