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doornail

[dawr-neyl, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌneɪl, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
a large-headed nail formerly used for strengthening or ornamenting doors.
Idioms
2.
dead as a doornail, stone-dead:
After midnight, the town is dead as a doornail.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English dornail. See door, nail
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British Dictionary definitions for doornail

doornail

/ˈdɔːˌneɪl/
noun
1.
(as) dead as a doornail, dead beyond any doubt
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