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“It is well known you are a most accomplished gintleman, Mr. Burke -- _homo fadus ad unguem -- ad unguem_. ”
“Pollici proximus digitus mediumque, qua dexter est, unguem pollicis summo suo iungens, remissis ceteris, est et approbantibus et narrantibus et distinguentibus decorus.”
““You have hit the nail ad unguem,” cries Partridge;”
“As well might the gentleman who shaves suppose, as his fingers glide, after the operation, over the polished surface of his chin — factus ad unguem — that he may fling his brush and strop into the fire, and bury his razor certain fathoms in the earth.”
“ Like Horace's _factus ad unguem_, because the sculptor tries its polish and the niceness of the joints by drawing his nail over the surface.”
“Get farther off still! still farther! still -- Whoa! istic astato. si hercle tu ex istoc loco digitum transvorsum aut unguem latum excesseris aut si respexis, donicum ego te iussero, continuo hercle ego te dedam discipulam cruci.”
“It is only on second thought and closer study that one sees how well concealed is the careful and laborious polish _ad unguem_ of every chord.”
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“Raymond and adopted by nearly all who subsequently took up with his ideas, insisted on the observance of the Constitutions ad unguem, as”
“The "Master" is studied, is polished _ad unguem_; it is a whole in itself, it is a remarkably daring attempt to write the tragedy, as, in "Waverley," Scott wrote the romance, of Scotland about the time of the Forty-Five.”
“In any passable representation of the Greek discobolus, as in any passable representation of an English cricketer, there can be no successful evasion of the natural difficulties of the thing to be done -- the difficulties of competing with nature itself, or its maker, in that marvellous combination of motion and rest, of inward mechanism with the so smoothly finished surface and outline -- finished ad unguem -- which enfold it.”
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