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1. slang To catch, apprehend, or arrest someone. After nearly three months on the run, police in Arkansas finally nailed the two fugitives. I heard Jimmy was nailed in Chicago last night. He'd better not squeal on us!
2. slang To catch someone out; to expose someone, as in a lie or a criminal or dishonest act. The undercover investigative journalist nailed the CEO in an attempt to bribe a state senator. I got my story mixed up, and my parents ended up nailing me in a lie.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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1. tv. to arrest someone. (see also nailed.) The cops nailed him right in his own doorway.
2. Go to coffin nail.
3. tv. to identify someone. The officer nailed Freddy, thanks to the description the victim provided.

nailed

1. mod. correctly identified. The thugs sure got nailed fast.
2. mod. arrested. (see also nail.) Why am I nailed? I didn’t do anything.
See also: 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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