from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nail for fastening a horseshoe to the hoof.
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If I had lost my money and all other resources had failed, I was not afraid to make a horse-nail or turn
-- When the services of a skilled smith are at hand, one of the readiest methods of performing this is to draw the edges of the crack together with an ordinary horse-nail.
If I had lost my money and all other resources had failed, I was not afraid to make a horse-nail or turn a horse-shoe with the best blacksmith in California, and I could have got my living, as I did for many a year, at the forge and anvil.
However, the-old gentleman, being stubborn as a horse-nail, persisted; the wife, still grumbling, calmed down; and the one joint of meat became an institution.
a horse-nail from the patrimony of the blessed saint.