IDIOMS beginning with N

IDIOMS beginning with N


Nail-Biter
Meaning: A suspenseful event

Nailing Jelly/Jello/Pudding To A Wall/Tree
Meaning: An impossible task

Neck and Neck
Meaning: Very close in a competition, with neither of two entities clearly in the lead

Neck of the Woods
Meaning: A region, especially one’s home region

Nest Egg
Meaning: Retirement savings; wealth saved for a future purpose

Never in A Million Years
Meaning: Absolutely never

Never Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth
Meaning: It’s rude to examine a gift closely; accept gifts politely.

New Wrinkle
Meaning: A novel aspect to a situation, a new development

Nice Chunk of Change
Meaning: A large amount of money

Nickel and Dime
Meaning: To negotiate over very small sums; to try to get a better financial deal, in a negative way

Nine Times Out of Ten
Meaning: Almost always

Nine-to-Five Job
Meaning: A routine job in an office that involves standard office hours

Nip (Something) In The Bud
Meaning: Deal with a problem before it becomes large

No Holds Barred (usually adj., often hyphenated)
Meaning: Unrestricted, without rules

No Love Lost Between
Meaning: There is a mutual animosity between two people

No Names, No Pack Drill
Meaning: By not accusing anyone specifically, I may avoid trouble.

No Names, No Pack Drill
Meaning: If no one can be identified, no one will be punished.

No Rhyme or Reason (to)
Meaning: Without logic or pattern

No Room to Swing A Cat
Meaning: Very small, not big enough

No Shit, Sherlock
Meaning: That’s very obvious!

No Tree Grows to the Sky
Meaning: Growth cannot continue indefinitely.

Not Cut Out for (Something)
Meaning: Not naturally skillful enough to do something well

Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat
Meaning: A very small space

Not Give A Fig
Meaning: To not care at all about something

Not Have A Cat In Hell’s Chance
Meaning: Have no possibility of succeeding, coming to pass, or achieving something

Not Have a Prayer
Meaning: Have no chance of success

Not Know Jack
Meaning: Not know anything

Not Lift a Finger
Meaning: Do nothing to help

Not Mince Words
Meaning: Moderate or weaken a statement

Not One’s Cup of Tea
Meaning: Not something one is interested in

Not Playing with A Full Deck
Meaning: Stupid, mentally deficient or impaired

Not Ready for Prime Time
Meaning: Not yet perfected; inexperienced

Not Sit Well with (Someone)
Meaning: Be difficult to accept; make someone uncomfortable

Nothing to Write Home About
Meaning: Unspectacular, ordinary

Nuts and Bolts
Meaning: Everyday details of something

Nutty as a Fruitcake
Meaning: Crazy; idiotic; wacky.



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