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coffin nail

noun, Slang.
a cigarette.
Origin of coffin nail
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The second day I was there I lighted a coffin-nail before one of the older officers.

  • I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • Put down those cards and chuck that coffin-nail into the stove.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • The ring made of the coffin-nail, which I wore on my thumb, constantly reminded me of my vow.

  • I was sitting on the opposite side of the littered-up table, engaged in rolling a pill, that is to say, a coffin-nail.

  • One nail drives out another, it's true; but the worst nail you can employ is a coffin-nail.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. I (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • Later, I had a ring made of the coffin-nail, and I still wear it on the fore-finger of my right hand.

British Dictionary definitions for coffin-nail

coffin nail

a slang term for cigarette
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for coffin-nail

coffin nail

noun phrase

Acigarette; butt (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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