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Meaning of hobnail

hob•nail

Pronunciation: (hob'nāl"), [key]
— n.
  1. a large-headed nail for protecting the soles of heavy boots and shoes.
  2. a small allover pattern consisting of small tufts, as on fabrics, or of small studs, as on glass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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