Meaning of doornail

door•nail

Pronunciation: (dôr'nāl", dōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a large-headed nail formerly used for strengthening or ornamenting doors.
  2. stone-dead: After midnight, the town is dead as a doornail.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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