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Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An old minced oath, an abbreviation of his (Christ's) nails (with which he was nailed to the cross).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • interjection God's nails, or His nails, that is, the nails with which the Savior was fastened to the cross; -- an ancient form of oath, corresponding to 'Od's bodikins (dim. of body, i.e., God's dear body).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection obsolete An oath.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From God's nails, or His nails, i.e. those with which Jesus Christ was crucified.

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  • Shortened exclamation; "By God's nails!"

    July 9, 2008

  • As in fingernails?

    May 26, 2010

  • Fingersnails?

    May 26, 2010

  • No, we frown on that sort of thing where I'm from.

    May 26, 2010