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PIN, spike, tack, rivet
British panel pin, tin tack
technical brad, sprig, clout nail, sparable
fingernail, thumbnail, toenail
claw, talon, nipper, pincer
technical unguis, chela
1‘a large blackboard was nailed to the wall’
fasten, attach, fix, affix, secure, tack, hammer, pin, post
2‘a device which could help police to nail their suspects’
catch, capture, apprehend, arrest, take into custody, seize, take in, bring in
informal collar, nab, pinch, cop, run in, pull in, pick up, bust
British informal nick, nobble
3‘the paper's exclusive pictures had nailed the lie’
expose, reveal, uncover, unmask, bring to light, lay bare, smoke something out, unearth, detect, identify
callous, hard-hearted, heartless, with a heart of stone, stony, stony-hearted, unfeeling, unsympathetic, uncaring, insensitive, unsentimental, cold-hearted, cold, hard-bitten, tough, unforgiving, lacking compassion, uncharitable, inflexible, unbending, implacable
immediately, at once, without delay, straight away, right away, promptly, on the spot, directly, now, this minute
on the barrelhead
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