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eat nails

To act in an angry, often intimidating, manner. Don't talk to that guy, he looks like he eats nails for breakfast! Can you believe she said that to me? Oh, I could eat nails!
See also: eat, nail
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eat nails

tv. to do something extreme in extreme anger. (see also mad enough to eat nails.) Sam was ready to eat nails.
See also: eat, 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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Say the words US Marine and the image of a tough, muscled soldier who eats nails for breakfast comes to mind.
My friend is 57 and one of those types who does 100 push ups before breakfast and eats nails for lunch, jogs ten klicks and is a man's man, all up close and personal.
Arriving in Indonesia at the height of the rainy season, the researchers find only one guy in town crazy enough to ferry them where they want to go--an American ex-special forces operative named Johnson (Johnny Messner), who has shoulders the size of bread loaves and one of those grizzled, square-jawed demeanors that says he eats nails for breakfast.
"I thought I was intense, but he eats nails and spits out tacks.
He brushed aside characterisations of himself as a stubborn man who eats nails for breakfast, saying with a laugh: "All of these are exaggerations - I don't eat nails." But he added: "It's right - I am a man of principles."