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nail in

1. To affix something in(to some surface) with a nail or some similar fastener. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nail" and "in." I tried nailing the picture frame in, but it was too heavy for the hollow wall to hold. After you've finished nailing these wooden beams in, you can give the whole thing a fresh coat of paint.
2. To drive a nail or some similar fastener in(to some surface). A noun or pronoun can be used between "nail" and "in." Here, take these and nail them in to hold this piece of wood up. Why on earth would you try to nailing in screws like that? All you'll do is damage both the wood and the screws.
See also: nail
References in classic literature ?
But immediately afterward Maggie had reflected that if she drove many nails in she would not be so well able to fancy that the head was hurt when she knocked it against the wall, nor to comfort it, and make believe to poultice it, when her fury was abated; for even aunt Glegg would be pitiable when she had been hurt very much, and thoroughly humiliated, so as to beg her niece's pardon.
He spoke in a very loud, offhand way, and I thought it very unlike him not to see about the shoe, as he was generally wonderfully particular about loose nails in our shoes.