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hobnail

[′häb‚nāl]
(design engineering)
A short, large-headed, sharp-pointed nail; used to attach soles to heavy shoes.
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Hobnail boots are very much the order of the day if you are to get the most out of a visit as the underfoot conditions may have suited its previous purpose, but how dare the Eisteddfod committee take the public for granted by siting the apparently largest cultural event in Europe in such conditions.
The initial histologic impression of the tumor in this study was papillary nephrogenic adenoma because of the low-to-intermediate grade cuboidal epithelium with a focal hobnail appearance.
The National Crime Squad is making the application under the Drugs Trafficking Act 1986 after its operation Hobnail uncovered large scale drug dealing in Bartley Green in 1998.
Handpainted glassware and decal-decorated items also have a presence in the category, while vintage looks, such as hobnail and milk glass, are increasing in popularity.
You're desperate not to do anything to upset him - it's like walking on eggshells with hobnail boots on.
In fact, I have been hearing those footsteps regularly since 1987, but as a hardened sceptic I have variously dismissed them as the noise of expanding hot water pipes, the dog, mice wearing hobnail boots or simple hallucinations.
When walking on the road, the sound of a shuffle and click made by the hobnail boot would mark him out in a crowd.
Notable authors such as Gruffydd Parry, Dr Kate Roberts and R Williams Parry, academics and bards like Professor Gwyn Thomas, Sir Thomas Parry and Dr Bruce Griffiths were all born and bred within the sound of the splitting hammers and the echo of hobnail boots.
The court had heard how his large-scale dealing in the Bartley Green, Woodgate Valley and Frankley areas had been uncovered by Operation Hobnail run by the National Crime Squad.
The company, which has added a contemporary stripe design to its collection, makes a straight rib and a hobnail chenille in Martha Stewart's Everyday Silver Label collection at Kmart.
Or, could they be bouncing up and down on their wooden floor- your ceiling - wearing hobnail boots?