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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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I stood alone, like the last of the human race fighting in the world, And I saw my brothers growing, legs in the air, Until they came in their death to kicking at the sky; I saw the moon, as if alive, scratching its silver face On the blunted hobnailed soles of overturned soldiers.
It looks at the mystery surrounding Mallory, who risked everything in pursuit of his dream, using primitive gear and wearing gabardine and hobnailed boots.
The Romans had a mile of sorts and brought it over with them when they started tramping all over Britain in their hobnailed sandals, subjugating folk.
The majority of the men and boys wear exclusively store-bought European style clothing--"Sunday best" suits and hobnailed boots; hats for the men; caps for the boys.
The sound of 50 sets of hobnailed boots thundering down the stairs reminded me of the Running of the Bulls at Pamplona.
He eschewed gestural expression in favor of quasi-surreal scenes--absurd juxtapositions, of a cyclopean head and an empty liquor bottle, for example, or, more morbidly, of legs and feet with hobnailed shoes, their soles facing us, in a barren room--and clumsily executed illustration.
There must be a better way to package joints of meat than in a plastic container big enough to hold a pair of hobnailed boots when the meat itself is small enough to be hidden by a roast potato.
He was feeling fairly safe as the hobnailed boots of the Askaris would have made a noise if they had been following him.
Poor Jase - just when he thinks he's getting his life back on the straight and narrow, along comes fate and sticks the hobnailed boot right in.
The Germans had ruined much of the interior, marking the parquet floor marked with hobnailed boots, cutting all the pictures into pieces, and pillaging books.
All of a sudden, in a moment of quiet, came the sound of hobnailed boots on the roadway, along with mess kits rattling and the guttural sound of German language.
The soldier's ankle boot resembled the low-cut labourer's wooden-soled clog or hobnailed boot, while the officer's knee-length Hessian and Wellington, unsuitable for walking, advertised its equestrian origins.