hangnail hangnail


  • (n) a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected


  1. It's like asking for pity for the millionaire's ulcers or having a symposium on the plantation owner's hangnail.
  2. It is entirely possible that Adlai is suffering from a hangnail or fallen arches, unknown to the public.
  3. Described as a physical coward by those who have known him longest, Beck never suffered so much as a hangnail.


  • The Essential Debt Ceiling Reading List: What Will Happen, How Bad It’ll Be, and How to Save It

    Are we going to default? What would it mean if we did? Where am I? These are all good questions about the debt ceiling, a strange political and economic hangnail that even many of the legislators charged with caring for it don't entirely understand. Here's a very-incomplete primer about what's going to happen next, how bad it's going to be, and whether we can get out of it.
    on October 8, 2013     Source: Mediaite

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  1. "I broke a fingernail," Ford said. "I walked away with a hangnail."
    on Apr 21, 2008 By: Harrison Ford Source: Urbana Daily Citizen

  2. "Matt would worry if he had a hangnail. You want to feel good," Zorn said. "But when you come out to practice and go, 'OK, it's no big deal,' then you just go ahead and go."
    on Jan 3, 2008 By: Jim Zorn Source: The Orange and Brown Report

  3. Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post : "Once we have taken the position of many stem cell research advocates that embryos are discardable tissue with no more intrinsic value than a hangnail or an appendix, then all barriers are down," Post...
    on Jan 16, 2007 By: Charles Krauthammer Source: Kaiser network.org

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