You could no more make an agreement with them than you could nail currant jelly to a wall - and the failure to nail current jelly to a wall is not due to the nail; it is due to the currant jelly.
I haven't given up on the idea that we're going to nail this individual.David Blunkett
The art world is a jungle echoing to the calls of vicious jealousies and ruthless combat between dealers and collectors; but I have been walking in the jungles of business all my life, and fighting tooth and nail for pictures comes as a form of relaxation to me.Armand Hammer
He is taller by almost the breadth of my nail than any of his court, which alone is enough to strike anawe intothe beholders.jonathan swift
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.bernard baruch
If you're too sloppy, then you never get reproducible results, then you never get reproducible results, and then you never can draw any conclusions; but if you are just a little sloppy, then when you see something startling, (...) you nail it down (...). So I called it the "Principle of Limited Sloppiness".max delbrück
Because of my job, I learned to be confident a little earlier than most. People pick you apart when you're in the public eye - you're wearing the wrong shoes or you have ugly nail polish on or they're wondering if you got your boobs done - so you have to be a strong person right away.heidi klum
I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.abraham maslow
He is taller by almost the breadth of my nail, than any of his court, which alone is enough to strike an awe into the beholders.jonathan swift
"I was in the streets marching for civil rights while asshole southern sheriffs were swinging nail studded baseball bats at blacks' heads. Two things you can always count on: I will defend my record on race to no one (sic), under any circumstances and, I will call out any racist, any time without regard to who they are . . . and that includes our half white, racist President."mark williams
Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt,And every grin so merry draws one out.john wolcot
"And the Bastard grant us . . . in our direst need, the smallest gifts: the nail of the horseshoe, the pin of the axle, the feather at the pivot point, the pebble at the mountain's peak, the kiss in despair, the one right word. In darkness, understanding."lois mcmaster bujold
I fought my company [Sony] tooth and nail when they stopped putting out singles.gloria estefan
If we choose a weak and foolish speculation as a primary textbook illustration (falsely assuming that the tale possesses a weight of history and a sanction of evidence), then we are in for trouble - as critics properly nail the particular weakness, and then assume that the whole theory must be in danger if supporters choose such a fatuous case as a primary illustration.stephen jay gould
"Some fool has put the head of this nail on the wrong end." "You idiot, it's for the opposite wall!" To be sure, if the space of physical objects allowed motions of translation only, and not also rotations. That space has such geometry is a fantasy; experience shows otherwise. It is only experience that makes this complaint and the rejoinder a dialogue of madmen.abraham kaplan
You can hit a nail on the head, or cause a machine to do so, and get a fairly predictable result. Hit a dog on the head, and it will either dodge, bite back, or die, but it will never again react in the same way. We can predict only those things we set up to be predictable, not what we encounter in the real world of living and reactive processes.bill mollison
Between two fantasy alternatives, that Holbein the Younger had lived long enough to have painted Shakespeare or that a prototype of the camera had been invented early enough to have photographed him, most Bardolators would choose the photograph. This is not just because it would presumably show what Shakespeare really looked like, for even if the photograph were faded, barely legible, a brownish shadow, we would probably still prefer it to another glorious Holbein. Having a photograph of Shakespeare would be like having a nail from the True Cross.Susan Sontag
Or as one nail by strength drives out another, So the remembrance of my former love Is by a newer object quite forgotten.william shakespeare
For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost.
Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt, nd every grin, so merry, draws one out.
What, is the old king dead? As nail in door.
Hit the nail on the head.
Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt; And every Grin, so merry, draws one out.john wolcot
Fasten him as a nail in a sure place.
Open your mouth again and I'll nail it shut.
When most people said "I'm psychic, you see," they meant "I have an overactive but unoriginal imagination/wear black nail varnish/ talk to my budgie"; when Anathema said it, it sounded as though she was admitting to a hereditary disease which she'd much prefer not to have.
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