Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small flat single-cut file for trimming the finger-nails. It forms part of the furniture of a dressing case, or is cut on the blade of a penknife or nail-scissors.
- n. Alternative form of nail file.
“While purchasing it, the clerk glanced at his nails, suggested a nail-file, and so he became possessed of an additional toilet-tool.”
“She noted that his nails were jagged and ill-shaped from his habit of cutting them with a pocket-knife and despising a nail-file as effeminate and urban.”
“First, she had to open her leopard-spot shoulder bag, take out her make-up bag, and tuck the nail-file back beneath its little elasticated band.”
“I mean, we now know why that hair is like that, he's got a nail-file in there.”
“His nail-file took the form of a 9-inch, double-edged throwing knife; McCrimmon, reflecting that, after all, the rude and untutored upbringing of these unfortunates entitled them to pity rather than censure, magnanimously changed his mind about the Stilson and thrust his hand into his left coat-pocket, where he kept his wallet.”
“I whipped off the distributor-cap, gave one of the screws a turn and a half with the end of my nail-file, to break the electric contact, put back the cap, closed the bonnet, and raced back to the Riley, all in less time than it takes to tell.”
“He made use of his own comb and brush, tooth-brush, nail-file and whiskbroom.”
“When on the third day the tooth-brush, nail-file, whisk-broom, etc., had been duly used, he asked: "Say, mister, air you always that much trouble to you'se'f?”
“At her feet, wrestling with the plug of the electric kettle, which he was attempting to mend with a nail-file, knelt a rotund grey-haired man in formal black coat and striped trousers.”
“He was standing by the desk in the sitting-room at Bottle Street, prodding a sticky cherry with a nail-file.”
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