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nail file

a small file of metal or cardboard, for trimming, smoothing, or shaping the fingernails and sometimes having a point for removing dirt from under them.
Origin of nail file
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And by the standards of setting yourself on fire, sawing off your own leg with a nail file isn't so bad.
  • With a sharp object-a nail file, a pen, or your teeth-make new holes in top hem next to the ones that tore through.
  • Use fine-grit sandpaper or a nail file to remove any flocking around the leak.
  • Gently lift the nail away from the reddened skin at the outer corners with the tip of a nail file.
  • Expelling a student for bringing in a nail file may seem silly, but for some it is a cruel reality.

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