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verb [transitive] nail pronunciation in British English /neɪl/
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present tense
present participlenailing
past tensenailed
past participlenailed
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  1. 1
    to fix one thing to another with a nail or nails
    nail to/across/over/together: He nailed the ‘No Smoking’ sign 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.

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