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nail scissors

noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
small scissors with short curved blades for trimming the fingernails or toenails.
Origin of nail scissors
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Lacking this, she trundled home with all speed, and began cutting out roses with swift and certain strokes of the nail-scissors.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • Oh, I jabbed him in the eye with a pair of nail-scissors, and he went away!

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • It was a particularly sacred pair of nail-scissors that almost everything blunted.

    Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • A touch of the hairbrush was necessary, and for his hands the file of the nail-scissors.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • Beside seven broken pairs of nail-scissors was a scent-bottle with golden stopper.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • One man had a pair of nail-scissors, and with this very awkward instrument I proceeded to operate.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave

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