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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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These sample cases and many other unheralded acquittals now compel us - as concerned observers - to ask in the spirit of hope that the Easter fosters: How can we win the drug war when, time and again, "horseshoe nails" are missing?
The "horseshoe nail" proverb may have its origin in the unhorsing of King Richard III during the Battle of Bosworth Field on Aug.
"For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost, for the want of a shoe the horse was lost and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail." - Benjamin Franklin
It's like the caveat from "For want of a nail"--the classic nursery rhyme in which the missing horseshoe nail causes the loss of the kingdom--but it's playing out for real in our post-9/11 world.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.--14th Century proverb
So, today, I sit at home with a lifetime's experience in mechanical design, with a portfolio of CAD knowledge (all but the current favourites), wondering about financing retraining, reading about the complaints of skill shortages and pondering on the story of the horseshoe nail, for want of which, a battle was lost.