Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cut nail of stout form and moderate size, used to fasten shingles in place.

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Examples

  • Grasping these rushes firmly near the root, he pulled up what resembled a young onion-sprout no larger than a shingle-nail.

    Love of Life

  • As we was passing through the setting-room the old man he took up his hat, and the shingle-nail fell out on the floor, and he just merely picked it up and laid it on the mantel-shelf, and never said nothing, and went out.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • AN OLD MORAINE quarter long and two thousand feet thick, -- he could completely hide the city of New York under it, and Trinity steeple would only stick up into it relatively as far as a shingle-nail would stick up into the bottom of a Saratoga trunk.

    A Tramp Abroad

  • Only he began to slip when he was coming down the roof, and he'd have slipped clear off if he hadn't caught his trousers on a shingle-nail, and stuck.

    Christmas Every Day and Other Stories

  • Some use a common shingle-nail for this purpose, while others prefer a personal friend.

    Remarks

  • -- he could completely hide the city of New York under it, and Trinity steeple would only stick up into it relatively as far as a shingle-nail would stick up into the bottom of a Saratoga trunk.

    A Tramp Abroad — Volume 06

  • "But Lordy massy! boys, you mustn't never tell Hepsy I said so, 'cause she'd be mad enough to bite a shingle-nail in two.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories

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