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  • v. to attach with nails
  • v. to make something (e.g. a decision or plan) firm or certain

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. succeed in obtaining a position
  • v. make final; put the last touches on; put into final form
  • v. define clearly


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  • There is always something to be done: a tin-tack here, a Venetian blind to put straight, a fan to nail up, or part of a carpet to nail down - all of which I can do with my pipe in my mouth; while Carrie is not above putting a button on a shirt, mending a pillow-case, or practising the "Sylvia Gavotte" on our new cottage piano (on the three years 'system), manufactured by W. Bilkson (in small letters), from Collard and Collard (in very large letters).

    The Diary of a Nobody

  • Turcsan complains about my mother’s daily calls to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, her engaging a lawyer to establish her husband’s whereabouts, her attempt to nail down the charges against him, her query as to whether she should continue working for the United Press, and whether she should tell her husband’s employers that he has been arrested.

    Enemies of the People

  • So they forged an alliance with all the trust of a Palestinian-Israeli handshake, because in the end, both sides knew that they needed to gather and nail down the evidence fast – before Crimstein mucked up the waters.

    Tell No One

  • Morris teamed with Thomas Fitzsimmons to nail down the senator he needed when the two joined George Read, a moderate Delaware Federalist, for a long Sunday ride outside the city and persuaded him to switch his vote.

    Robert Morris

  • On their 147th and last pitch of the night, Madson got Teixeira to chase a one ball-two strike changeup in the dirt to nail down the 8-6 win.

    One Season


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