Definition of Nail down

1. Verb. Succeed in obtaining a position. "He nailed down a spot at Harvard"

Exact synonyms: Nail, Peg
Generic synonyms: Bring Home The Bacon, Come Through, Deliver The Goods, Succeed, Win

2. Verb. Define clearly. "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
Exact synonyms: Narrow, Narrow Down, Peg Down, Pin Down, Specify
Generic synonyms: Determine
Specialized synonyms: Concretize
Derivative terms: Specifier

3. Verb. Make final; put the last touches on; put into final form. "Let's finalize the proposal"
Exact synonyms: Finalise, Finalize, Settle
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Derivative terms: Finalisation, Finalization
Also: Settle On

Definition of Nail down

1. Verb. (transitive) to attach with nails ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic transitive) to make something (e.g. a decision or plan) firm or certain ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nail Down

nail-patella syndrome
nail-tailed kangaroo
nail-tailed wallaby
nail Jell-O to a tree
nail bar
nail bed
nail beds
nail biter
nail biting
nail bomb
nail clipper
nail clippers
nail diseases
nail down (current term)
nail enamel
nail extension
nail file
nail files
nail fold
nail gun
nail guns
nail hole
nail horn
nail house
nail knot
nail knots
nail matrix
nail one's colors to the mast

Literary usage of Nail down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Correspondence of the Rev. Robert Wodrow by Robert Wodrow (1843)

2. Aide-mémoire to the Military Sciences: Framed from Contributions of Officers by Great Britain Army. Royal Engineers (1860)
"Lay them on the roof, and nail down. J and К contain the roof boards. ... Put on the ridge cap, and then well nail down the roof fillets over ..."

3. Remarks on the legality and expediency of prosecutions for religious opinion by Jonathan Duncan (1825)
"marvellous tale of " a thing like a bee," forcing, vi et armis, a twopenny nail down the throat of Deborah Pacey. It is sufficient for our purpose to know, ..."

4. Taxidermy by Leon Luther Pray (1913)
"Draw the skin forward and spread forelegs and front end to widest extent and nail down in accurate line with hind part. Now work from side to side, ..."

5. The Care of the Hand: A Practical Text-book on Manicuring and the Care of by William A. Woodbury (1915)
"File the nail down to its proper shape and length, remembering the law pertaining to styles peculiar to individual hands. Do not file the nail too short. ..."

6. The Railway Goods Station: A Guide to Its Control and Operation by Fred. W. West (1912)
"nail down the scotches. Boilers of Large Dimensions. (28) When dimensions do not ... nail down the scotches. Gas Stoves, Ranges, Grates, and Castings. ..."

7. The Gospel standard, or Feeble Christian's support (1878)
"When he desired the man to nail down the hatches, I thought that my sin was the ... I recovered just as the people were about to nail down the hatches; ..."

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