coffin nail


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coffin nail

1. slang A cigarette. Hey, can I bum a coffin nail off of you? You'll probably find Ed outside smoking a coffin nail.
2. slang An alcoholic beverage. Here's another coffee nail for you—you'll be drunk before you know it.
See also: coffin, nail
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

coffin nail

1. and coffin tack n. a cigarette. (Coffin nail is very old.) You still smoking them coffin nails? Every coffin tack you smoke takes a little off the end of your life.
2. n. a drink of liquor. How about another coffin nail?
See also: coffin, nail
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Some states have prohibited the trade in "coffin nails" altogether; others have forbidden their sale to minors.
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Smokers are well aware cigarettes can kill - that's why they've been called "coffin nails" since the First World War.
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