名词:nailer 动词过去式:nailed 过去分词:nailed 现在分词:nailing 第三人称单数:nails
1 layer of horny substance over the outer tip of a finger or toe 指甲; 趾甲
* a `toe-nail 脚趾甲
* cut one's nails 剪指甲. =>illus at hand 见hand插图.
2 small thin piece of metal with a sharp point at one end and a (usu) flat head at the other, hammered into articles to hold them together, or into a wall, etc for use as a peg to hang things on 钉子. =>illus at hammer 见hammer插图.
3 (idm 习语) a nail in sb's/sth's `coffin thing that hastens or ensures sb's death, or the end, failure, etc of sb/sth 加速某人死亡或使某人必死的事物; 某人[某事物]的结局、失败等
*The long and costly strike proved to be the last nail in the company's coffin. 长期罢工损失巨大致使该公司一蹶不振. fight, etc tooth and nail => tooth. hard as nails => hard. hit the nail on the head => hit1. on the nail (infml 口) (of payment) without delay （指付款）立即
*I want cash on the nail. 我要立即支付的现金. (as) tough as `nails => tough.
1 [Tn] (infml 口) catch or arrest (sb) 抓住或逮捕（某人）
*Have the police nailed the man who did it? 警方逮着做案的人了吗?
* She finally nailed me in the corridor. 她最後在走廊里把我抓住了.
2 [Tn] (infml 口) reveal (sth) to be untrue 显示（某事物）不属实
*I've finally nailed the myth of his infallibility, ie shown that he can make mistakes. 我终于揭穿了他｀一贯正确＇的神话（表明他也会犯错误）.
3 (idm 习语) nail one'scolours to the `mast declare openly and firmly what one believes, whom one supports, etc （公开而坚决地）表明自己相信的事、支持的人等; 旗帜鲜明. nail a lie (to the counter) prove that a statement is untrue 证明说法不属实; 揭穿谎言.
4 (phr v) nail sth down
(a) make (a carpet, lid, etc) secure with nails 将（地毯、盖子等）用钉子钉牢.
(b) define sth precisely 确定某事物. nail sb down (to sth) make sb say precisely what he believes or wants to do 使某人明确地说出其相信的事或要做的事物
*She says she'll come, but I can't nail her down to a specific time. 她说她来, 我却无法让她说出确切的时间. nail sth on; nail sth on/onto/to sth fasten sth to sth with nails 将某物用钉子钉在某物上
*nail a lid on (the crate) 把盖子钉在（板条箱）上
* nail a sign to the wall 在墙上钉一标志. nail sth up
(a) fasten sth with nails so that it hangs from a wall, post, etc 将某物用钉子钉牢使之悬挂于墙、柱等上.
(b) make (a door, window, etc) secure with nails so that it cannot easily be opened 将（门窗等）用钉子钉牢使之不易开启.
1. Even men who can hardly drive a nail in straight are supposed to be born electricians, carpenters, plumbers and mechanics. 甚至那些连一枚钉子都钉不直的男人都被认为是天生的电工、木匠、水管工和机械师。
2. Bits of broken glass, lengths of string, a key to a door long since decayed away, a rusty knife-blade, old shoes saved for a road that never was and never will be, a nail bent under the weight of things too heavy for any nail, a dried flower or two s 碎玻璃块；小线头儿；一扇早已朽败的门上的钥匙；一把锈蚀的刀；一双为某条从来没有、将来也不会有的路而准备的旧鞋；一颗弯折的钉，它所承受过的重量足以弄折任何钉子；一两支干花，仍散发出几许花香。
3. He drove in the nail with one stroke of the hammer. 他铁锤一敲就把钉子钉进去。