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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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