tenpenny nail


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ten·pen·ny nail

 (tĕn′pĕn′ē, -pə-nē)
n.
A nail 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) long.

[From its original price per hundred.]
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Noun1.tenpenny nail - a nail 3 inches long
nail - a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
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``There is none,'' replied the hermit, ``from the scissors of Delilah, and the tenpenny nail of Jael, to the scimitar of Goliath, at which I am not a match for thee But, if I am to make the election, what sayst thou, good friend, to these trinkets?''
But I did get some nice portraits of the grouse after spending many nights sleeping in that Army surplus pup tent, no more uncomfortable than if I were sleeping on a bed of tenpenny nails.
At the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame, in York, PA, visitors can see a horseshoe bent by Greenstein and tenpenny nails he bit in half.