Antonyms for nails down

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Also one should trim one's nails down as close as comfort will allow.

At intervals he would gnaw his nails down to the quick while snorts of bridled fury escaped through his pallid lips.

I bit my nails down to the quick till I had an idea—sitting out on this very coast.

It took him most of the evening to fasten on pieces of leather with nails, and to knock the nails down.