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- n. A small headless nail used in making shoes (especially the heels)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of small nail used by shoemakers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of headless nail used for the soles and heels of coarse boots and shoes.
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Saw also the slippers which the worshippers of Mars put upon their martial feet when they enter into his temple -- slippers without a suspicion of shod, hob nail or sparable, with which the heels of the worshippers of Ceres in this country are armed.