Definition of nailed on in English:

nailed on

adjective

British
informal
  • 1Constituting a certainty; guaranteed to happen or definitely the case.

    ‘he thought he was nailed on for the England job’
    ‘their recent record suggests that a win is not nailed on’
    ‘Spurs were denied a nailed-on penalty’
    • ‘The penalty is nailed on.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, Gallagher denied us a nailed on penalty after a blatant handball.’
    • ‘This deal is nailed on!’
    • ‘Probably only three players are nailed on to be in the side which attempts to retain the cup at Oakland Hills.’
    • ‘It's by no means nailed on that Italy will win their group.’
    • ‘Mexico and USA are usually nailed-on certainties to qualify from the region.’
    • ‘The rest of the Premiership regard Bristol as nailed-on certainties for the drop.’
    • ‘He's by no means a nailed on starter.’
    • ‘Juninho is replaced by Oaf, who is nailed on to score.’
    • ‘We have been denied the most nailed-on penalty I have ever seen.’
    • ‘Yeah, Paula's the only one nailed on to win a medal.’
    sure, very likely, bound, destined, predestined, fated, trusted, assured of doing something
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    1. 1.1 Very likely to win or succeed.
      ‘the nailed-on favourite for Best Picture’
      • ‘In Athens last November, Dunne showed why people considered him a nailed-on prospect at a young age.’
      • ‘Walsh is currently sitting pretty as the nailed-on 1/5 favourite.’
      • ‘They must be nailed on favourites for the 4th place trophy now.’
      • ‘12 Years A Slave looks the nailed-on favourite for Best Picture, with the bookie offering odds of 2-9.’
      • ‘It's Romford's turn to host their Group D opponents this afternoon and, as with the opening three legs, the home team looked nailed on.’
      • ‘City looked nailed on at 4/9.’
      sure, very likely, bound, destined, predestined, fated, trusted, assured of doing something
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