Latin Proverb # 16 – Ad unguem

Latin Proverb: Ad unguem – Horatius, S. 1.5.32

English equivalent: To a nicety.

Translation: To the fingernail.

Meaning: Something that is precise, exact or perfect down to a hair, to an exact measurement.

Curiosities: The expression most likely comes from sculptors' use of their nails when they gave the finishing touch when modelling their sculptures or the use of their fingernail to test the smoothness of marble.


Ad unguem in other languages? 

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