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verb [transitive] nail pronunciation in American English /neɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlenailing
past tensenailed
past participlenailed
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  1. 1
    to attach one thing to another with a nail or nails
    nail to/across/over/together:

    He nailed the “No Smokingsign to the wall.

    Boards had been nailed over the front door.

    nail something shut:

    The windows are nailed shut.

  2. 2
    informal to prove that someone has done something wrong or illegal

    They finally nailed Capone for tax evasion.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    nail the dismount in gymnastics, to end a sequence correctlySubmitted from United Kingdom on 08/11/2012
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    nail the dismount to finish something off satisfactorily

    I am very fond of Stephen King's novels, but he regularly fails to nail the dismount.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 08/11/2012

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