1. (also dead nail, nailing rascal, nails) based on pun on sharp adj. (1)/SE sharp.
(a) [early-mid-19C] a shrewd, imposing criminal, ‘a person of an over-reaching, imposing disposition’ (Vaux).
(b) [early 19C] a gambler who cheats and/or refuses to pay his losses.
2. [late 19C] the penis.
3. [1910s–70s] (US) a venereal infection [the sharp pain in the penis when urinating].
4. abbr. coffin nail n.2
(a) [1910s+] a cigarette.
(b) [1970s+] (drugs) a marijuana cigarette.
5. [1930s+] (US drugs) a hypodermic syringe.
see down as a hammer/nail/trippet under down adv.2
[early–mid-19C] a drink of liquor; thus the invitation to drink, let’s put another nail in our coffins, let’s drive another nail...
[20C+] (W.I.) to contract venereal disease.
[19C+] to drink heavily, to get drunk.
SE in slang uses
[1920s+] (US) a carpenter, a blacksmith.
see bite v.
[late 19C–1950s] (Aus.) a top hat.
[mid-19C] one who scours the streets in search of old nails and similar saleable pieces of lost or discarded metal.
[mid-19C–1900s] (US) a top hat.
1. a stick of ‘Two Seas’ tobacco.
2. any dark tobacco.
[early 18C] to do something foolish.
[1950s] (US) to make an unclear, misleading statement.
[early 18C+] (Ulster/Scot.) to become confused or flustered.
[early 19C] tipsy, slightly drunk.