doornail
noun Date: 14th century a large-headed nail — used chiefly in the phrase dead as a doornail

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  • Doornail — Door nail (d[=o]r n[=a]l ), n. The nail or knob on which in ancient doors the knocker struck; hence the old saying, As dead as a doornail. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doornail — ► NOUN (in phrase dead as a doornail) ▪ quite dead …   English terms dictionary

  • doornail — [dôr′nāl΄] n. a large headed nail used to decorate or strengthen some doors dead as a doornail dead beyond a doubt …   English World dictionary

  • doornail — /dawr nayl , dohr /, n. 1. a large headed nail formerly used for strengthening or ornamenting doors. 2. dead as a doornail, stone dead: After midnight, the town is dead as a doornail. [1300 50; ME dornail. See DOOR, NAIL] * * * …   Universalium

  • doornail — n. (misc.) as dead as a doornail * * * (misc.) as dead as a doornail …   Combinatory dictionary

  • doornail — door|nail [ dɔr,neıl ] noun (as) dead as a doornail INFORMAL completely dead: The plants are all dead as a doornail …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • doornail — UK [ˈdɔː(r)ˌneɪl] / US [ˈdɔrˌneɪl] noun (as) dead as a doornail informal completely dead The plants are all dead as a doornail …   English dictionary

  • doornail — noun A nail with a wide head, traditionally used in the construction and ornamentation of wooden doors. See Also: dead as a doornail …   Wiktionary

  • doornail — door|nail [ˈdo:neıl US ˈdo:r ] n (as) dead as a doornail informal completely dead …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • doornail — noun a stud in a door. Phrases (as) dead as a doornail dead (used for emphasis) …   English new terms dictionary

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