To punish severely and publicly; make an example of; crucify: We are going to nail them to the cross/ We would not nail an airline to the wall if it made its best effort/ I wonder why nobody tried to nail his hide to the wall for the Irish jokes he told over the years (1990s+)
- Nail skin
nail skin n. See perionychium.
- Nail something down
verb phrase To make something securely final; cinch: They nailed down the arrangement and had a drink (1880+)
- Nail technician
noun 1. a person whose job is to take care of and decorate people’s fingernails
noun, British. 1. .