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Nail (verb)

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To Nail. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To fasten with nails.

    To the cross he nails thy enemies,
    The law that is against thee, and the sins
    Of all mankind, with him are crucify'd.
    Milton's P. Lost.

    He clasp'd his hand upon the wounded part.
    The second shaft came swift and unespy'd,
    And pierc'd his hand, and nail'd it to his side.
    Dryden.

  2. To stud with nails.

    In golden armour glorious to behold,
    The rivets of your arms were nail'd with gold.
    Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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