nail (something) back

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nail (something) back

To affix something with nails in its original, correct position. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nail" and "back"; typically followed by another preposition to specify where or how it is being affixed. When will you finally get around to nailing these loose floorboards back into place? The hurricane ripped the shingles off our roof. It will take a week to nail them back on!
See also: back, nail

nail something back

to secure something back out of the way by nailing it. Please nail the shutters back so they won't bang against the house. I'll nail back the shutters.
See also: back, nail
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Just such a question inspired Lebanese-Italian business partners, Daisy and Isabel, to launch Dashing Nails back in 2012.
with these examples I totally agree' was at Forthbank on Saturday and it will take six months "for me to grow my nails back.
It is our hypothesis that we can trace the origin of our own nails back to at least this point," added Bloch.
I have tried to trim the nails back but they started to bleed.
I have not had good results trying to sew or glue nails back in place.
Pushing the nails back through the front of the trim will splinter the wood.
Once the floorboard's out, make sure you hammer the nails back into the board and then prise them out with the claw.
But the total hash he made of the fourth-last and final fences was further proof that this stunning chaser has a risk factor attached to him that will have his supporters chewing their finger nails back to the elbow every time he runs.
If long runs of flashing are installed without allowing for expansion and contraction, the moving flashing can work nails back and forth until they loosen.
The afternoon ended with a short ceremony during evensong at the cathedral, when senior naval officer Lieutenant Commander Clarke Brown presented the ship's cross of nails back to the cathedral.
She's grown some of her nails back to about 3in but has decided to leave it at that and to move on with her life.
"But it was strange how I got so into the whole pageant thing because I remember one day I bent one of my nails back and went into a tail spin.
Q I'm trying to reuse the old baseboards in my living room, but when I tap the nails back out, they bend and the boards crack.
The first step of the fix is to drive nails back down using a nail set (Photo 1).