(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. fingernail, toenail, ungula; talon, claw; tack, brad, spoke; hobnail, clout; pin, peg. —v. t. pin, fix; informal, capture, catch. See junction, restraint.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. brad, pin, peg, hob, stud; see also spike 1 .
Types and sizes of nails include: common, copper, cement coated, masonry, dry wall, galvanized, finishing, flooring, shingle, roofing, doublehead scaffold, spiral siding, staging, boat, hinge, chair, horseshoe, brad, cut, upholsterer's, clout, box, shoe, headless, hobnail; twopenny, fourpenny, sixpenny, eightpenny, tenpenny, twelvepenny. v.
1. [To hammer]
Syn. drive, pound, spike; see beat 2 , hammer , hit 1 .
2. [To fasten with nails]
Syn. secure, hold, bind; see fasten 1 .
3. [*To arrest]
Syn. capture, detain, apprehend; see arrest 1 , seize 2 .
hard as nails,
Syn. callous, unfeeling, remorseless; see cruel 2 .
hit the nail on the head*,
Syn. say what is exactly right, be accurate, come to the point; see define 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. fingernail claw, talon.
2. fastener spike, brad, pin, rivet, tack, staple, hobnail, tenpenny, box nail, finishing nail, roofing nail.
1. drive pound, anchor, fix, bolt.
2. catch catch red-handed, nab, apprehend, seize, *pinch.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb Slang. To gain possession of, especially after a struggle or chase: capture, catch, get, net1, secure, take. Informal: bag. See GET.

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