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To hit a nail

碰钉子 – pèng dīngzi – “to hit a nail”

Nails are actually a handy invention and an indispensable part of the DIY world. They also hold a lot of things together – linguistically. In English, for example, the nail appears in expressions such as “hitting the nail on the head,” “nail your colors to the mast,” “hard as nails,” or “everything that wasn’t nailed to the floor.”

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