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verb [transitive] nail pronunciation in British English /neɪl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theynail
he/she/itnails
present participlenailing
past tensenailed
past participlenailed
  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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