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).
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- interjection obsolete An
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From God's nails, or His nails, i.e. those with which Jesus Christ was crucified.
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