A cosmetic treatment of the fingernails, including shaping and polishing.
tr.v. man·i·cured, man·i·cur·ing, man·i·cures
1. To trim, clean, and polish (the fingernails).
2. To clip or trim evenly and closely: manicure a hedge.
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