To dream of nail clippers represents the choice or possibility to improve your standing or keep yourself looking like a respectable person. may reflect management of your physical appearance, self-improvement, polishing your reputation, or actively maintaining responsibilities that have some bearing on how others perceive you. Helping yourself or others to feel that they deserve to be respected.
Negatively, may reflect feelings of being forced to be a respectable person. Fear or frustration that you have no choice but to polish your appearance in ways that are scary or unpleasant. Feelings that positive changes required from you go too far. An excessive concern with keeping up appearances.