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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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Aster shows a flair for sadistic mind games and slow-burn shocks but after the film has spent more than an hour dragging the narrative's nails down a blackboard, the resolution is an anti-climax.
5 Long nails down a blackboard are also a good idea.