from The Century Dictionary.

  • Scissors, generally with curved blades, designed to be used in cutting the finger-nails.


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  • The following suggestions are less cinematically apocalyptic, but still better than a home that can be forcibly entered with a pair of nail-scissors:

    Ned Goldreyer: A Tale of Tent Cities

  • Asking "how can we keep sharps off airplanes" leads to confiscation of nail-scissors; while asking "how can we keep terrorists from overpowering pilots" leads to reinforced cockpit doors.

    Boing Boing: September 21, 2003 - September 27, 2003 Archives

  • The first-person saga of a man who fixed his own botched circumcision while at college, using a nail-scissors and ice-cubes.

    Boing Boing: March 18, 2001 - March 24, 2001 Archives

  • Whenever a fowl is killed -- and I came upon Jack slowly putting one to death the other day with a pair of nail-scissors -- he possesses himself of a small store of feathers, which he wears tastefully placed over his left ear.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 100, April, 1876

  • Some men used nail-scissors, and it was found that a 'one hour day' was ample to ensure a good 'return.'

    The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

  • By wiggling it gently, she had discovered, you could slip this tile right out and put it back again; and once, on their last day, she had dug a hole in the plaster behind it with her nurse's nail-scissors and hidden a new farthing, in order to have some buried treasure to look for the next time they came.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • So, after I had cut with nail-scissors the few fair hairs from my breast and calves, in an endeavour to encourage a plentiful crop like that which added manliness to Pennybet's darker form -- after this delicate, operation, I got between the sheets, and straightened out my limbs with a considerable effort of the will.

    Tell England A Study in a Generation

  • "Oh, I jabbed him in the eye with a pair of nail-scissors, and he went away!" said Jane Hubbard.

    The Girl on the Boat

  • She had insulted her husband before guests and servants, had scratched his face, thrown hand-mirrors and hairbrushes and nail-scissors at him often enough, but she knew that Fred was hardly the fellow who would go into court and offer that sort of evidence.

    The song of the lark

  • It is but the tooth-brush and nail-scissors that we flourish.

    Yet Again


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