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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
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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
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Smokers, even if addicted, figure the pleasure derived from smoking today is more desirable than the beneficial future health effects of giving up the coffin nails. Another theory, however, says that even if smokers are happy in the present with cigarettes in their mouths, they'd be even happier in future years if they were tobacco-free.
The brief article could very well be dated March 1, 2000--seems over 80 years ago, they were very much concerned with cigarettes and their negative effects on one's health, also their concern of cigarettes' effects on "immature persons." It doesn't seem possible that "coffin nails" have had at least an 80-plus-year run without a handle being put on them regarding their adverse effect on one's health.
At best, it seems extremely insensitive - like recycling coffin nails.
From their first appearance in the last century, cigarettes were called coffin nails, even though they seemed gentler than pipes and cigars.
Although cigarettes were known as "coffin nails" as early as 1888, few smokers were convinced that the health risks were real.
You stroll outside with your coffin nails, loiter under a shelter and, within seconds, you're sharing jokes, tales and secrets with a complete stranger.
That is why they were known, even back in the Fifties before they put the messages on the packets, as coffin nails.
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Cigarettes were being called "coffin nails" as long ago as 1950.
Smokers are well aware cigarettes can kill - that's why they've been called "coffin nails" since the First World War.
Dropped three stone in advance of the inevitable weight gain that will follow dropping the coffin nails. Need to be light enough to break out the skipping rope again."