Nail


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NAIL, A measure of length, equal to two inches and a quarter. Vide Measure.

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A silence followed, while Sorelli polished her nails in great excitement.
Tell me, thou animal, what dost thou know about nails or wheels, or anything else?
I knew both Moreau and Montgomery carried revolvers; and, save for a feeble bar of deal spiked with a small nail, the merest mockery of a mace, I was unarmed.
I stepped to the unobstructed casement, withdrew the nail with some difficulty and attempted to raise the sash.
Nothing better,' said this false bride, 'than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails, and that two white horses should be put to it, and should drag it from street to street till she was dead.
And yet all that is required is to find the magic word which Zéchiélé pronounced when he struck his nail.
The nail would be found at last, but by that time he would have lost the hammer.
I marked that beneath this hole there was a deep cut in the door, as though a great nail had been driven in.
The last nail had been driven in with a fiercer stroke than usual, for the Fetish on that occasion represented aunt Glegg.
Victor, with hammer and nails and scraps of scantling, was patching a corner of one of the galleries.
Aramis dug his nails into his flesh and groaned aloud.
In some Italian church-paintings, even by the old masters, the Saviour and the Virgin wear silver or gilded crowns that are fastened to the pictured head with nails.