nail - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive] 

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/neɪl/
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 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
    4
    nail the dismount in gymnastics, to end a sequence correctlySubmitted from United Kingdom on 08/11/2012
  4.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    5
    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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