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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NAILED

He was nailed to a cross, and left suspended there till He died.

It was to him like the sound made by a nailed boot upon rock.

And on the wall hung a fish, nailed against it with four nails.

It'll take him over an hour to do it, the boards will be nailed so cussedly tight.

Nailed several anti-saloon and burlesque planks in his platform.

The vices again flourish which had been nailed to the Cross.

When they had agreed, it appeared that one of his ears was nailed at the pillory in Bristol.

He had run across the plateau; now the nailed boots were ringing on rock.

Shakes were used for shingles, and even––when nailed on frames––for doors.

It was surprising how quickly and how completely he had nailed it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English negel "metal pin," nægl "fingernail (handnægl), toenail," from Proto-Germanic *naglaz (cf. Old Norse nagl "fingernail," nagli "metal nail;" Old Saxon and Old High German nagel, Old Frisian neil, Middle Dutch naghel, Dutch nagel, German Nagel "fingernail, small metal spike"), from PIE root *(o)nogh "nail" (cf. Greek onyx "claw, fingernail;" Latin unguis "nail, claw;" Old Church Slavonic noga "foot," noguti "nail, claw;" Lithuanian naga "hoof," nagutis "fingernail;" Old Irish ingen, Old Welsh eguin "nail, claw").

The "fingernail" sense seems to be the original one. Nail polish attested from 1891. To bite one's nails as a sign of anxiety is attested from 1570s. Nail-biting is from 1805. Hard as nails is from 1828. To hit the nail on the head "say or do just the right thing" is first recorded 1520s. Phrase on the nail "on the spot, exactly" is from 1590s, of obscure origin; OED says it is not even certain it belongs to this sense of nail.

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