Sunday 9 December 2007

AAE Q114: 'hard as nails'


Where does the idiom,"hard as nails" come from?


"as hard as nails"

definition: Callous; unsympathetic; unsentimental.

example:'The lawyer was as hard as nails. He felt no pity for anyone.'

origin: When this idiom was coined nails were made of iron and quite large. Short lengths of iron are hard to bend.


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