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  • noun a private home whose owner refuses to move to clear way for new real estate developments despite offers of huge monetary sums from a private developer or expropriation attempts by the government


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From calque translation of Mandarin 钉子户 (dīngzihù, "nail house")


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  • “Millions of Chinese have been uprooted to make way for high rises and government infrastructure projects. “Nail House” is a popular term given to homes of dwellers who refuse to leave though they are surrounded by demolished homes.”

    The Los Angeles Times, 'Avatar' pulled from 2-D screens by Chinese government, by Ben Fritz and David Pierson, January 18, 2010

    January 19, 2010

  • Is this where nail house rock comes from?

    January 19, 2010