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

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But Sullivan really hit the nail on the head: "In opposing him, we shouldn't demonize or slander him.
So it was a pleasant surprise when Kate Taylor, a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail, hit the nail on the head with a piece she wrote back in February entitled "Film tax credits are starting to look like a mug's game." (The Globe and Mail, 2/23/05.)
It can be wearing but occasionally it manages verbal stokes that hit the nail on the head. ('America is the original version of modernity.