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Definition: To nail a lie
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nailed
(n[=a]ld); p. pr. &
vb. n. Nailing
.] [AS. n[ae]glian. See Nail
1. To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by
means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams.
He is now dead, and nailed in his chest. --Chaucer.
2. To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails.
The rivets of your arms were nailed with gold.
3. To fasten, as with a nail; to bind or hold, as to a
bargain or to acquiescence in an argument or assertion;
hence, to catch; to trap.
When they came to talk of places in town, you saw at
once how I nailed them. --Goldsmith.
4. To spike, as a cannon. [Obs.] --Crabb.
To nail an assertion
or To nail a lie
, etc., to detect
and expose it, so as to put a stop to its currency; -- an
expression probably derived from the former practice of
shopkeepers, who were accustomed to nail bad or
counterfeit pieces of money to the counter.