doornail

(redirected from doornails)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms.

doornail

1. A large-headed nail against which the knocker strikes.
2. A large-headed nail used to decorate or strengthen a door.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
They may by the later year be dead as doornails, phlogiston, or the ether--mentioning no examples nearer home
29) In Dead as Doornails (1976), Anthony Cronin recalls visits to Ralph Cusack's house in Country Wicklow overlooking the banks of the Avoca River where Cusack, married to a Jewish woman, directed 'rants' to guests about anti-Semitism, a veritable 'capital charge' in the Cusack household (p.
A doornail was a large-headed nail or bolt with which long-ago carpenters studded doors to strengthen and decorate them.