nail file


Definition of nail file

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

Examples of nail file in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Jungle Cruise actor, 49, shared a video on Instagram Tuesday showing his palm as daughter Jasmine, 5, diligently takes a nail file to his calluses. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 25 May 2021 Eboni’s room to borrow a nail file and talk about the day before. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 18 May 2021 The Gel Mani Kit in Oyster contains 15 stick on gels and 1 prep pad with 1 nail file as no UV is needed. Angela Lei, Forbes, 17 May 2021 First, the top layer of polish is gently sloughed off with a coarse nail file, then the nails are soaked in an acetone solution. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, 17 Apr. 2021 The clippers also come with a nail file that’s stored inside the handle. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 3 Mar. 2021 Using a coarse nail file (Kandalec recommends a 100 grit file for this step), rough up the surface of the dip enhancement. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Feb. 2021 Each set comes with 15 nail stickers (10 for your toes and five extra), a miniature nail file, and an alcohol prep pad. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 18 Jan. 2021 Leave the size of your nail alone and remove any sharpness with a nail file. Cat Quinn,, 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of nail file

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nail file was in 1862

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5 Jun 2021

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“Nail file.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nail file

: a small, flat piece of metal or cardboard that has a rough surface and that is used for shaping your fingernails


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