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 Nail fixed in the Temple (of Jupiter).Nail One’s Colours to the Mast (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Nail in One’s Coffin.
 
To drive a nail into one’s coffin. To shorten life by anxiety, drink, etc. Topers call a dram “a nail in their coffin,” in jocular allusion to the teetotal axiom.   1
       
“Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt;
But every grin so merry draws one out.”
Peter Pindar (John Wolcot): Expostulatory
       
Odes, Ode xv.
 


 Nail fixed in the Temple (of Jupiter).Nail One’s Colours to the Mast (To). 

 
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