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English verb: nail down

1. nail down (social) succeed in obtaining a position

SamplesHe nailed down a spot at Harvard.

Synonymsnail, peg

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

2. nail down (cognition) define clearly

SamplesI cannot narrow down the rules for this game.

Synonymsnarrow, narrow down, peg down, pin down, specify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)determine

Narrower (hyponym)concretize

3. nail down (change) make final; put the last touches on; put into final form

SamplesLet's finalize the proposal.

Synonymsfinalise, finalize, settle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

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