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Nail

A unit of length equivalent to 2.25 inches.
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Moreover, this concern applies not just to the big-ticket items--the equivalents of your horses and the armor for them and your horsemen--but includes simpler and more generic items like horseshoe nails.
81) The Spanish castaway's inconsistent reactions, at the buckle and horseshoe nail place, reveal that the rhetorically assumed spanish imperial codes and modes of social duty and legitimacy have become ambiguous.
They may not have that crucial horseshoe nail needed in the heat of battle, but they can make sure that you don't leave the stable without it.
So, today, I sit at home with a lifetime's experience in mechanical design, with a portfolio of CAD knowledge (all but the current favourites), wondering about financing retraining, reading about the complaints of skill shortages and pondering on the story of the horseshoe nail, for want of which, a battle was lost.
The missing horseshoe nail in this situation is the basic understanding of how these devices work together.
and goes on to warn how a great battle can be lost, "all for the want of a horseshoe nail.