♦ nail

♦ nail /neɪl/
n.
1 (anat.) unghia: to bite one's nails, mangiarsi le unghie; to cut one's nails, tagliarsi le unghie
2 (d'animale) artiglio
3 chiodo; punta
4 (med.) chiodo
nail-biter, chi si morde le unghie; (fam.) cosa (libro, film, ecc.) al cardiopalmo □ (fig. fam.) nail-biting, emozionante; da brivido: a nail-biting finish, un finale da brivido □ nail bomb, bomba artigianale imbottita di chiodi □ nail claw, graffio (di martello) □ nail cleaner, pulisciunghie □ nail file, lima per le unghie □ nail-head, capocchia di chiodo; testa di punta; borchia ornamentale □ (fig.) a nail in sb.'s coffin, un'azione o cosa dannosa (che accelera la fine di q. o qc.); duro colpo: the final nail in sb.'s coffin, il colpo di grazia per q.nail maker, chiodaiolo; chiodaio □ nail polish = nail varnish ► sotto □ nail puller, cavachiodi □ nail scissors, forbici per le unghie □ (mecc.) nail set, punzone □ nail varnish, smalto per unghie □ as hard as nails, (del corpo) sano come un pesce, in ottima salute, forte, robusto; (d'animo) duro, crudele, spietato □ to drive in a nail, conficcare (o piantare) un chiodo □ (fig.) to drive the nail home, giungere alla conclusione □ (fig.) to fight tooth and nail, battersi con le unghie e coi denti □ (fig.) to hit the nail on the head, colpire nel segno □ (fam.) on the nail, immediatamente; in contanti; a tamburo battente □ to paint one's nails, dipingersi (o farsi) le unghie □ to pay on the nail, pagare sull'unghia; pagare a tamburo battente, in contanti.
(to) nail /neɪl/
v. t.
1 (anche fig.) inchiodare: He nailed the canvas to the ground with a spike, ha fissato a terra il telo da tenda con un'asta
2 munire di chiodi; chiodare (raro)
3 (fam.) acchiappare; afferrare; prendere al volo; accalappiare (un marito, ecc.): Nail him before he leaves, prendilo (al volo) prima che se ne vada
4 (slang) colpire (con l'arco, il fucile, ecc.); centrare, beccare, fare secco (pop.)
5 (slang) inchiodare (q.) con un'accusa; arrestare; catturare
6 (slang) identificare
7 (volg. USA) chiavare, scopare (volg.)
to nail a bargain, assicurarsi un affare; non lasciarselo scappare □ (fig.) to nail one's colours to the mast, non darsi per vinto; (anche) fare una professione di fede incrollabile; prendere una posizione inequivocabile □ to nail one's eyes (o attention) on an object, tener gli occhi fissi (inchiodati) su un oggetto □ to nail a lie to the counter (o to the barn door), smascherare una menzogna □ (pop.) You are nailed, sei in arresto.

English-Italian dictionary. 2013.

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