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 Nail in One’s Coffin.Nailed. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Nail One’s Colours to the Mast (To).
 
To refuse to surrender. When the colours are nailed to the mast they cannot be lowered in proof of submission.   1
 


 Nail in One’s Coffin.Nailed. 

 
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