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Unguem

Ad unguem. To the minutest point. To finish a statue ad unguem is to finish it so smoothly and perfectly that when the nail is run over the surface it can detect no imperfection.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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