In the expression "Dead as a doornail", what is a doornail?


Door-nails are the large-headed studs that were used in earlier times for strength and more recently as decoration. The practice was to hammer the nail through and then bend over the protruding end to secure it. This may be the source of the 'deadness', as such a nail would be unusable afterwards


  • Last Updated Nov 28, 2018
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