Hobnail
Hobnail Hob"nail`, v. t. To tread down roughly, as with hobnailed shoes. [1913 Webster]

Your rights and charters hobnailed into slush. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


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  • Hobnail — Hob nail , n. [1st hob + nail.] 1. A short, sharp pointed, large headed nail, used in shoeing houses and for studding the soles of heavy shoes. [1913 Webster] 2. A clownish person; a rustic. Milton. [1913 Webster] {Hobnail liver} (Med.), a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hobnail — (n.) 1590s, the first element probably identical with hob rounded peg or pin used as a mark or target in games (1580s), of unknown origin. See HOB (Cf. hob). Because they were used to make rough shoes, the word was used figuratively for rustic… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hobnail — ► NOUN 1) a short heavy headed nail used to reinforce the soles of boots. 2) a blunt projection, especially in cut or moulded glassware. DERIVATIVES hobnailed adjective. ORIGIN from HOB(Cf. ↑hob) + NAIL(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • hobnail — [häb′nāl΄] n. [ HOB1, sense 2 + NAIL] 1. a short nail with a broad head, put on the soles of heavy shoes to prevent wear or slipping 2. one of a series of knoblike decorations, as on the edge of a glass plate vt. to put hobnails on …   English World dictionary

  • hobnail — adj. Hobnail is used with these nouns: ↑boot …   Collocations dictionary

  • hobnail — n. a heavy headed nail used for boot soles. Phrases and idioms: hobnail (or hobnailed) liver a liver having many small knobbly projections due to cirrhosis. Derivatives: hobnailed adj. Etymology: HOB(1) + NAIL …   Useful english dictionary

  • hobnail — noun Etymology: 2hob Date: 1592 a short large headed nail for studding shoe soles • hobnailed adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hobnail — /hob nayl /, n. 1. a large headed nail for protecting the soles of heavy boots and shoes. 2. a small allover pattern consisting of small tufts, as on fabrics, or of small studs, as on glass. [1585 95; HOB1 + NAIL] * * * …   Universalium

  • hobnail — noun A short nail with a thick head, typically used in boot soles …   Wiktionary

  • hobnail — n. large headed nail used for protecting the soles of heavy boots v. put hobnails on the soles of boots …   English contemporary dictionary

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