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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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  • I havent seen it since she borrowed it, and Ive ruined my nail-file trying to open the box of cake mother sent.

  • He made use of his own comb and brush, tooth-brush, nail-file and whiskbroom.

  • With an effort, I was able to take a nail-file from a dressing-table.

  • Your nail-file's missing from your dressing case—disappeared since yesterday morning.

    No Clue James Hay
  • He flung himself down in a chair before his dressing-table and picked up a nail-file.

    The Black Moth Georgette Heyer
  • She had left the window, and going to her dressing-table, had picked up her nail-file.

    The Case of Jennie Brice Mary Roberts Rinehart

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