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Meaning of "nail one's colours to the mast" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF NAIL ONE'S COLOURS TO THE MAST

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WHAT DOES NAIL ONE'S COLOURS TO THE MAST MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of nail one's colours to the mast in the English dictionary

The definition of nail one's colours to the mast in the dictionary is to refuse to admit defeat. Other definition of nail one's colours to the mast is to declare openly one's opinions or allegiances.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE NAIL ONE'S COLOURS TO THE MAST

nail
nail bar
nail bomb
nail brush
nail clippers
nail down
nail enamel
nail file
nail lacquer
nail polish
nail polish remover
nail puller
nail punch
nail scissors
nail set
nail technician
nail up
nail varnish
nail varnish remover
nail wrench

WORDS THAT END LIKE NAIL ONE'S COLOURS TO THE MAST

aerial mast
beechmast
before the mast
captain´s mast
demast
dismast
durmast
foremast
half-mast
mainmast
mast
mizenmast
mizzenmast
mooring mast
neuromast
overmast
radio mast
royal mast
topgallant mast
topmast

Synonyms and antonyms of nail one's colours to the mast in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «nail one's colours to the mast» into 25 languages

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Find out the translation of nail one's colours to the mast to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of nail one's colours to the mast from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «nail one's colours to the mast» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

钉人的色彩在桅杆
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

clavar los colores de uno al mástil
570 millions of speakers

English

nail one´s colours to the mast
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मस्तूल के लिए एक रंग कील
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الألوان مسمار واحد في الصاري
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

прибить свои цвета к мачте
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pregar uma de cores ao mastro
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মাংসের এক রং রং
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

clouer ses couleurs au mât
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Warna kuku ke tiang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Nagel eigenen Farben an den Mast
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

マストに自分の色を爪
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

마스트 에 하나 의 색상을 못
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kuku werna kanggo mast
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

móng tay màu sắc của một người vào cột buồm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மாஸ்டர் ஒரு வண்ணங்கள் ஆணி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मास्ट कडे आपल्या रंगाचे नखे करा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Birinin renklerini direğe tırnağa vur
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

inchiodare i propri colori per l´albero
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

paznokci własnych kolorów do masztu
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

прибити свої кольори до щогли
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

unghii culorile una la catarg
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καρφί χρώματα κάποιου στο κατάρτι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

spyker ´n mens se kleure aan die mas
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

spika sina färger till masten
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

spikre ens farger til masten
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of nail one's colours to the mast

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «NAIL ONE'S COLOURS TO THE MAST»

The term «nail one's colours to the mast» is normally little used and occupies the 136.121 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «NAIL ONE'S COLOURS TO THE MAST»

Discover the use of nail one's colours to the mast in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to nail one's colours to the mast and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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General Knowledge of English Literature
To nail (one's) colours to the mast—to make absolutely clear what one's views arein a very forthright manner. E.g., Now he has nailedhiscolours tothe mast, he cannot changehis mind. To look through rosecoloured/tinted spectacles—to see  ...
Rebecca A. Vorsah, 2011
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Chambers concise dictionary
[13c: French, from Latin color] ♢ lend colour to something to give it credence; to make it more believable, nail one's colours to the mast see under COLOURS, off colour colloq unwell. colour bar >n social discrimination against people of different ...
Ian Brookes, 2004
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Rajpal Dictionary Of English Idioms & Phrases
... coffin: Destruction or downfall of someone * Debit cards are the first nails in the coffin of traditional financial methods * Addiction of drugs proved a nail in his coffin Nail one's colours to the mast: Commit oneself to some party or plan of action; ...
Shori, A K, 2010
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Chambers Idioms
... (something) appear more likely, believable or reasonable: Some pieces of evidence were found which lent colour to Mrs Adams's account of what had happened. local colour see local. nail one's colours to the mast (formal) to commit oneself ...
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Sterling Dictionary of Idioms
NAIL nail one's colours to the mast declare openly and firmly what one believes, whom one supports, etc. He nailed his colours to the mast when he made known whom he was votingfor. nail a lie (to the counter) prove that a statement is wrong  ...
Vijaya Kumar, 1998
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Cassell英语常用词组用法词典
&iB>2Wft**»* • ) 2. ffi (**) IS* ; WW»l8**3.ffl«TTlT fi (Please ruiiJ down the cover of the box. to nail one's colours to the mast 1. >tt#f'J IS; <*ttfdJ£)**JISRim8ifl&BM i^ SaJclKIJi (Being a candidate, you should noil your colours to the most. ff%$i ...
Rosalind Fergusson, 2003
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Cautions for the times, ed. by the archbishop of Dublin
... not to yield to any amount of Argument? For, when a Commander literally nails his colours to the mast, that action is understood as announcing that he will not surrender to any force. To " nail one's colours to the mast," in controversy ...
Cautions, Richard Whately (abp. of Dublin), 1853
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Dictionary of St. Lucian Creole: Part 1: Kwéyòl - English, ...
... his story has some colour of truth, listwa-i la ka pawet vwé; to get one's colours, ganyen an badj ében an tchappou jwé; to nail one's colours to the mast, fe an disizion ek déteminipou tchenn Ii; show one's true colours, mou twé wéelman sa  ...
Jones E. Mondesir, Lawrence D. Carrington, 1992
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By Word of Mouth: Metaphor, Metonymy, and Linguistic Action ...
... hope to die), the navy and merchant navy (lower/haul down one's colours/flag, nail one's colours to the mast, sail under false colours). Even within the domain of verbal communication, extensions are possible between various subdomains.
‎1995
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The Modern Anglo-Bengali Dictionary:
C1 Primary colours or simple ' colours 1" pretend tw belong to a party ,,ther than one realK d<jcs ; 5j*IS ICfS f'1t<f «ti *si I To nail one's colours to the mast— 'I'o commit oneself to sonic partv or plan of Under Colour of I ndur ihe jin V •„ • I ; sir ...
Charuchandra Guha, 2007

2 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «NAIL ONE'S COLOURS TO THE MAST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term nail one's colours to the mast is used in the context of the following news items.
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La Liga History: Safe Hands ~ Zamora
Perhaps it was wise not to nail one's colours to the mast in a time of turmoil in Spain, but rather than keep his head down, Zamora kept people ... «Forza Futbol, May 12»
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Howard Jacobson on being taught by FR Leavis
To be cultured means to nail one's colours to the mast, and those who fear what's arbitrary in that (and run to theory for protection) fear culture ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Apr 11»

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