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Verb: nail  neyl
  1. Attach something somewhere by means of nails
    "nail the board onto the wall"
  2. Take into custody
    "the police nailed the suspected criminals";
    - collar, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop, nick [Brit, informal], pinch [Brit, informal]
  3. Hit hard
    "He nailed a 3-run homer";
    - smash, boom, blast
  4. Succeed in obtaining a position
    "He nailed down a spot at Harvard";
    - nail down, peg
  5. Easily do well at; pass perfectly
    "She nailed her astrophysics course";
    - breeze through, ace, pass with flying colors [US], sweep through, sail through, pass with flying colours [Brit, Cdn]
  6. Locate exactly
    "The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome";
    - pinpoint
  7. (football) complete a pass
    - complete
  8. [N. Amer] Have sexual intercourse
    - sleep together, love, make out, make love, sleep with, have sex, know [archaic], do it, be intimate, have intercourse, lie with [archaic], bed, have a go at it, get it on, make whoopee
Noun: nail  neyl
  1. Horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
  2. A thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
  3. A former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard

Derived forms: nailing, nailed, nails

See also: nail down

Type of: attach, bring home the bacon, clutch, come through, copulate, couple, deliver the goods, fastener, fastening, fixing, hit, holdfast, horny structure, linear measure, linear unit, locate, make it, make the grade [N. Amer], mate, pair, pass, play, prehend [archaic], seize, succeed, turn up, unguis, win

Part of: dactyl, digit, integumentary system

Encyclopedia: Nail, Arkansas