nail file
noun Date: 1862 a small narrow instrument (as of metal or cardboard) with a rough or emery surface that is used for shaping fingernails

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  • nail file — nail files also nailfile N COUNT A nail file is a small strip of rough metal or card that you rub across the ends of your nails to shorten them or shape them …   English dictionary

  • nail file — nail′ file n. a small file of metal or cardboard, for trimming, smoothing, or shaping the fingernails • Etymology: 1870–75, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • nail file — ► NOUN ▪ a small file or emery board for smoothing and shaping the fingernails and toenails …   English terms dictionary

  • nail file — ☆ nail file n. a small, flat file for smoothing and shaping the fingernails …   English World dictionary

  • nail file — n a thin piece of metal with a rough surface used for making your nails a nice shape …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nail file — nail ,file noun count a thin piece of metal with a rough side used for shaping your nails …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nail file — noun : file I 1b * * * a small file of metal or cardboard, for trimming, smoothing, or shaping the fingernails and sometimes having a point for removing dirt from under them. [1870 75, Amer.] * * * nail file noun A file for trimming fingernails… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nail file — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms nail file : singular nail file plural nail files a thin piece of metal with a rough side used for shaping your nails …   English dictionary

  • nail file — a small file of metal or cardboard, for trimming, smoothing, or shaping the fingernails and sometimes having a point for removing dirt from under them. [1870 75, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • nail file — noun A small file made of soft metal, or a board covered with fine sandpaper, for filing and shaping ones fingernails and toenails …   Wiktionary

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