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Nail

A unit of length equivalent to 2.25 inches.
References in classic literature ?
I took little time to think, or they would have caught me then, but snatching up my nailed stick, rushed headlong from my hiding-place towards the sound of the sea.
He luffs up before the doubloon; halloa, and goes round on the other side of the mast; why, there's a horse-shoe nailed on that side; and now he's back again; what does that mean?
Then again, if it stays here, that is ugly, too, for when aught's nailed to the mast it's a sign that things grow desperate.