on the nail


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on the nail

Immediately, promptly, or without delay; on the spot. Primarily heard in UK. I could put the bill on my credit card, but if it's all right with you I'd rather we divvy it up here and pay on the nail. After a few bad experiences with lodgers, I've learned to demand cash on the nail for the rent every Sunday, no exceptions.
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on the nail

  (British & Australian)
if you pay an amount of money on the nail, you pay all of it immediately He always paid cash, on the nail.
See nail colours to the mast, hit the nail on the head
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on the nail

1. Immediately, without delay, as in He paid us back on the nail. [c. 1600]
2. Under discussion or consideration, as in The subject of the budget deficit has been on the nail for some time. [Late 1800s] The precise allusion in these expressions has been lost. Neither has any connection to hit the nail on the head (see under hit the bull's-eye).
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