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shank's nag

One's legs and feet, used for walking; travel by foot. Also "shanks' nag." A reference to the shank— the lower leg between the knee and the ankle—and the use of ponies or horses for travel. My bicycle fell apart three miles away from home, so I had to use shank's nag to go the rest of the way. Unfortunately, with the sedentary lifestyle many lead today, shank's nag has largely become an obsolete mode of travel.
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nag at someone (about someone or something)

to pester someone about someone or something. Don't keep nagging at me about her. Stop nagging at me!
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1. tv. to pester someone constantly. (From a centuries-old word meaning gnaw.) Stop nagging me!
2. n. a worn-out horse. (Probably from a centuries-old word for horse.) I bet a week’s pay on that nag. Look what happened!
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Even if there's something naggingly insubstantial about the minor-key play--partly due to its over-reliance on Eva as the means by which liberating plans subside into numbing reality-the acerbic wit of Greenberg's dialogue and the frequent acuity of his psychological insights keep it engrossing.
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But carried along with the urgent velocity of the story, Shelton's methodical direction, Russell's combustible but subtly ambivalent performance, and the grim image of its final shot, it's also one of the year's better, most compelling and naggingly provocative films.
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It not only confronts the reader with a series of seemingly half-cooked enigmas and the monotone intonations of a first-person narrator naggingly addressing his mother, his diary, and his imaginary readers.
naggingly catchy, but Talking Heads did this sort of thing better.
And sometimes the option of just sunning on deck seemed mighty attractive, if naggingly wasteful.
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Some, like Ghost and Thales (both 2009) suffer the further humiliation of having paint dribbled over them, while Anaximander, 2009, is surrounded by three smaller heads that orbit it on the ends of wires, internal conflict made naggingly manifest.
Jo Bonney's slick production, a personable cast and LaBute's chiseled dialogue keep the one-act play absorbing, but its indictment--and its indulgence--of the emotionally dishonest, commitment-phobic American male feel naggingly familiar.
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The Big Questions don't rise to the surface very frequently; they bob up only occasionally and unpredictably, and sometimes get mixed up--by a process that's hilariously independent of the narrator's will--with the petty irritations of every day, the naggingly present stuff that Charlotte thinks of as flotsam.
A lesson in infinitely subtle comparison, every photograph depicts a topographic-type terrain, clearly related to the others but laden with distinction: Almost against one's will, the eye takes to grazing, roaming across contours both abstract and yet naggingly familiar.
physical love, this is an inconsequential piece, naggingly void of authenticity, emotional complexity or inspiration.
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