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    On the nail (american or brit)

    Howdy again!

    Is the following idiom used mostly ny americans or britons?

    They pay the bill on the nail every month.

    Thanks very much indeed.

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    Re: On the nail (american or brit)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Howdy again!

    Is the following idiom used mostly ny americans or britons?

    They pay the bill on the nail every month.

    Thanks very much indeed.
    I`ve never heard this expression.

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    Re: On the nail (american or brit)

    I have heard it, but very rarely, and the context sounds a little awkward. I think of "on the nail" as more to do with the *amount* of something.

    "He guessed how many sweets were in the jar and got it on the nail!"


    More natural in Br Eng when talking about doing something at a specific time might be "on the dot"?

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    Re: On the nail (american or brit)

    I'm not a teacher.


    on the nail (Br.)= in hand; on the spot; immediately; without delay or time of credit; as, to pay money on the nail; to pay cash on the nail.
    Pay on the nail! = Money up front!

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_Br...ous_for_making
    on the nail: Information from Answers.com

    Here is the American’s equivalent of the expression in question:
    on the barrel (or barrelhead)

    1. Granting, giving, or requesting no credit: paid cash on the barrel for the car.

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