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     (human)    ongle    m     
Don't bite your nails!      Ne te ronge pas les ongles!  
     (metal)    clou    m     
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  
     [+object]   clouer  
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.  
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.  

nail down  
      vt sep  
   (=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.        
     [+agreement]   arrêter  
→ 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.        
à suspense, haletant (e)     
→ ... the nail-biting legal thriller, `The Pelican Brief'.        
[match, finish]   haletant (e)     
nail bomb  
      n   bombe    f   à clous  
nail brush   , nailbrush  
      n   brosse    f   à ongles  
nail clippers  
      npl   coupe-ongles    m inv     
nail file   , nailfile  
      n   lime    f   à ongles  
nail polish  
      n   vernis    m   à ongles  
nail polish remover  
      n   dissolvant    m     
nail scissors  
      npl   ciseaux    mpl   à ongles  
nail varnish  
      n     (British)   vernis    m   à ongles  
nail varnish remover  
      n   dissolvant    m  
Translation English - French Collins Dictionary  
nail n.
ongle ; clou

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'nail' found in translations in French-English dictionary
nail bed
nail bar
nail gun
nail gun
nail care
nail file
nail brush
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