dog nail

noun

Definition of dog nail

1 : a nail with a head that fits flush in a countersink
2 : a nail with a head projecting considerably on one side

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First Known Use of dog nail

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dog nail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%20nail. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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