nail one's colours to the mast

nail one's colours to the mast
nail one's colours to the mast declare openly and firmly what one believes.
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  • nail one's colours to the mast — To commit oneself to some party or plan of action • • • Main Entry: ↑colour nail one s colours to the mast see under ↑colour • • • Main Entry: ↑nail …   Useful english dictionary

  • nail (or pin) one's colours to the mast — declare openly and firmly what one believes. → mast …   English new terms dictionary

  • nail one's colours to the mast — verb To clearly show ones support for a side or opinion in a dispute …   Wiktionary

  • mast — Ⅰ. mast [1] ► NOUN 1) a tall upright post or spar on a boat, generally carrying a sail or sails. 2) any tall upright post, especially a flagpole or a television or radio transmitter. ● before the mast Cf. ↑before the mast ● …   English terms dictionary

  • nail — n. & v. n. 1 a small usu. sharpened metal spike with a broadened flat head, driven in with a hammer to join things together or to serve as a peg, protection (cf. HOBNAIL), or decoration. 2 a a horny covering on the upper surface of the tip of the …   Useful english dictionary

  • mast — mast1 noun 1》 a tall upright post, spar, or other structure on a boat, in sailing vessels generally carrying a sail or sails. 2》 any tall upright post, especially a flagpole or a television or radio transmitter. Phrases before the mast historical …   English new terms dictionary

  • nail — [[t]ne͟ɪl[/t]] nails, nailing, nailed 1) N COUNT A nail is a thin piece of metal with one pointed end and one flat end. You hit the flat end with a hammer in order to push the nail into something such as a wall. A mirror hung on a nail above the… …   English dictionary

  • nail — I UK [neɪl] / US noun [countable] Word forms nail : singular nail plural nails ** 1) a thin pointed piece of metal that you use to fix one thing to another by hitting it with a hammer 2) the smooth hard part that grows over the ends of your… …   English dictionary

  • nail — nail1 S3 [neıl] n [: Old English; Origin: nAgl] 1.) a thin pointed piece of metal with a flat top, which you hit into a surface with a hammer, for example to join things together or to hang something on ▪ The key was hanging on a nail by the door …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nail — 1 noun (C) 1 a thin pointed piece of metal which you force into a piece of wood with a hammer to fasten the wood to something else 2 the hard smooth layer on the ends of your fingers and toes: Damn! I ve just broken a nail. 3 a nail in sb s/sth s …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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