Don't bite your nails! Ne te ronge pas les ongles!
to be as hard as nails être coriace
→ He's a shrewd businessman, and hard as nails.
to hit the nail on the head mettre dans le mille
→ She hits the nail on the head when she asks how Scottish children are expected to embrace religious tolerance when `Scotland continues to build identical schools side by side, and playmates part at the school gates"
to pay cash on the nail (British) payer rubis sur l'ongle
to nail sth to sth clouer qch à qch
There were signs nailed to the trees all along Bear Creek. Il y avait des pancartes clouées aux arbres d'un bout à l'autre de Bear Creek.
to nail sth on sth clouer qch sur qch
to be nailed shut être condamné (e)
The windows were all nailed shut. Les fenêtres étaient toutes condamnées.
[+person] coincer to nail sb for sth [+crime] coincer qn pour qch They managed to nail him for several robberies. Ils ont réussi à le coincer pour plusieurs vols.
(=put one's finger on) mettre le doigt sur
There's something odd about him but I can't nail it down. Il y a quelque chose de bizarre chez lui mais je n'arrive pas à mettre le doigt dessus.
[+source, time] situer
Could you nail down the source of this tension? Pouvez-vous situer la source de cette tension?
→ It would be useful if you could nail down the source of this tension.
→ We need witnesses who can nail down the time of the robbery.
→ He is in London trying to nail down a missile-reduction agreement with his Russian counterpart.
→ The Secretary of State and his Russian counterpart met to try to nail down the elusive accord.
to nail sb down to sth [+date, price] contraindre qn à accepter qch
[+lid, floorboard] clouer
→ Lay strips of 4mm plywood over the mesh and nail these down.
[film] à suspense, haletant (e)
→ ... the nail-biting legal thriller, `The Pelican Brief'.
[match, finish] haletant (e)
n bombe f à clous
nail brush , nailbrush
n brosse f à ongles
npl coupe-ongles m inv
nail file , nailfile
n lime f à ongles
n vernis m à ongles
nail polish remover
n dissolvant m
npl ciseaux mpl à ongles
n (British) vernis m à ongles
nail varnish remover
n dissolvant m