fingernail

noun
ADJECTIVE
long
sharp
black, dirty
broken
manicured
painted, red
VERB + FINGERNAIL
clip (esp. AmE), cut
paint
bite, chew
break
dig in

She dug her fingernails into my neck.

run
tap

She tapped her fingernails against the table impatiently.

examine, inspect

‘Actually, I'm leaving,’ she said, examining her fingernails.

FINGERNAIL + VERB
dig in
scrape

the horrible sound of fingernails scraping across a blackboard

grow
FINGERNAIL + NOUN
polish (esp. AmE)
clippers
PREPOSITION
under the/your fingernails

I noticed I had dirt under my fingernails.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • fingernail — UK [ˈfɪŋɡə(r)ˌneɪl] / US [ˈfɪŋɡərˌneɪl] noun [countable] Word forms fingernail : singular fingernail plural fingernails any of the hard smooth parts that cover the ends of your fingers • hang on by your fingernails …   English dictionary

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  • fingernail — fin|ger|nail [ˈfıŋgəneıl US gər ] n ↑finger, ↑fingernail, ↑thumb the hard flat part that covers the top end of your finger = ↑nail …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fingernail — noun Date: 13th century the nail of a finger …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fingernail — /fing geuhr nayl /, n. 1. the nail at the end of a finger. 2. Print. a parenthesis. [1200 50; ME; see FINGER, NAIL] * * * …   Universalium

  • fingernail — noun The hard, flat translucent covering near the tip of a human finger, useful for scratching and fine manipulation See Also: nail, thumbnail, toenail, nail polish, nail varnish …   Wiktionary

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