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headless nail

headless nail
 n.— «By the 1950s a term—the headless nail—was coined to describe those workers who, once they got in, were impossible to get out, even if they were unsuitable for the job.» —“Letting go of tenure” by Avraham Tal Haaretz (Israel) Aug. 28, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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