Nail


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

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The nail would be found at last, but by that time he would have lost the hammer.
I can but see an old rusty nail, with bits of stone and slips of wood.
With regard to the mode in which thou shouldst govern thy person and thy house, Sancho, the first charge I have to give thee is to be clean, and to cut thy nails, not letting them grow as some do, whose ignorance makes them fancy that long nails are an ornament to their hands, as if those excrescences they neglect to cut were nails, and not the talons of a lizard-catching kestrel- a filthy and unnatural abuse.
He spoke in a very loud, offhand way, and I thought it very unlike him not to see about the shoe, as he was generally wonderfully particular about loose nails in our shoes.
I stepped to the unobstructed casement, withdrew the nail with some difficulty and attempted to raise the sash.
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.
And yet all that is required is to find the magic word which Zéchiélé pronounced when he struck his nail.
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.
Here Kit drove a nail into the wall, very hard--much harder than was necessary--and having done so, faced about again.
As a carpenter's nails are divided into wrought nails and cut nails; so mankind may be similarly divided.
Punctually, as the shrill-toned bell of the black marble study clock began to chime nine, Sir Pitt made his appearance, fresh, neat, smugly shaved, with a waxy clean face, and stiff shirt collar, his scanty hair combed and oiled, trimming his nails as he descended the stairs majestically, in a starched cravat and a grey flannel dressing-gown--a real old English gentleman, in a word--a model of neatness and every propriety.
You can't conceive how queer it all seems to a country person like me, as queer as that gentleman's nails I saw at your place.