nail down

nail down
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "nail down":
present tense I/you/we/they nail down he/she/it nails down present participle nailing down past tense nailed down past participle nailed down
1) informal to definitely decide, arrange, or complete something

They're on the verge of getting the agreement nailed down.

2) to fix something firmly in position with a nail or nails
3) informal to make someone agree to something or tell you what they are going to do

I'll try to nail Jim down about the date.


English dictionary. 2014.

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