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    Default Re: You should be nailing Lady Macbeth, not some working stiff from Queens.

    Ann, you rock. you're always helping me... I really appreciate your help. but like konungursvia said "Nailing" in this context means "catching" or "getting" and it doesn't have nothing to do with sex. but even so you have clarified the things to me.

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    Default Re: You should be nailing Lady Macbeth, not some working stiff from Queens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Possibly, but it isn't given that the action is shagging.
    You and Ann have interpreted it that way.
    Bob and I have interpreted it another way.
    If it's from an American novel/show, and if "nailing" does not meaning "catching/arresting" in America, then you are probably right.
    You're quite correct. In the US, "nailing" does mean "catching," and if it's a cop speaking, I think that's the most likely sense of the quote.

    This dictionary gives two informal uses of "to nail" (but not "to have sex with")

    1. Informal to catch, capture, seize, or intercept
    2. Informal to hit squarely

    I wonder if slangish speech just improvs expressions using "nail' in various extended senses of "capture" or "strike squarely."

    - I nailed that jerk a good one right in the kisser.
    - Brandon finally nailed a date with the cheerleader.
    - The professor said my essay nailed it right on the head.
    - The hunter nailed a deer with his first shot.
    - I hope my apple butter nails a First at the County Fair.
    - I nailed these shoes on sale at Sacs.
    - I nailed the physics problem on my first try.
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    Default Re: You should be nailing Lady Macbeth, not some working stiff from Queens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adriano_CSI View Post
    Ann, you rock. you're always helping me... I really appreciate your help. but like konungursvia said "Nailing" in this context means "catching" or "getting" and it doesn't have nothing to do with sex. but even so you have clarified the things to me.
    Thanks, Big A!

    I. . . I guess I was just ....

    Well, you know ...

    I mean, I was writing to YOU, so I was thinking ....


    LOL!

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    Default Re: You should be nailing Lady Macbeth, not some working stiff from Queens.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Doesn't 'nailing Lady Macbeth' mean going after her with a view to making a conviction? Isn't the speaker just saying 'The police should be trying to catch the organ-grinder [the Lady Macbeth figure] rather than the monkey [the working stiff]'?

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    What an amusing analogy -- "the organ grinder rather than the monkey."



    I assure you that I shall be stealing that!

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    Default Re: You should be nailing Lady Macbeth, not some working stiff from Queens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    Thanks, Big A!

    I. . . I guess I was just ....

    Well, you know ...

    I mean, I was writing to YOU, so I was thinking ....


    LOL!
    Thanks for your help. see you around.

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    Default Re: You should be nailing Lady Macbeth, not some working stiff from Queens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    What an amusing analogy -- "the organ grinder rather than the monkey."



    I assure you that I shall be stealing that!
    It's not mine Ann . It's Br English (and probably a bit dated ). I imagine its origins were in Victorian England, when organ-grinders with dancing monkeys were a common sort of street entertainment.

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