Synonyms of nail in English:

nail


See definition of nail

noun

1

SYNONYMS

PIN, spike, tack, rivet

hobnail

British panel pin, tin tack

technical brad, sprig, clout nail, sparable

2

SYNONYMS

fingernail, thumbnail, toenail

claw, talon, nipper, pincer

technical unguis, chela


verb

1‘a large blackboard was nailed to the wall’

SYNONYMS

fasten, attach, fix, affix, secure, tack, hammer, pin, post

2‘a device which could help police to nail their suspects’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

expose, reveal, uncover, unmask, bring to light, lay bare, smoke something out, unearth, detect, identify

archaic discover


Phrases

    hard as nails

      SYNONYMS

      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

      North American informal

      badass

    on the nail

      SYNONYMS

      immediately, at once, without delay, straight away, right away, promptly, on the spot, directly, now, this minute

      North American

      on the barrelhead