Found 277 phrases starting with N:


na-na na-na boo-boo[c. mid 20th century?] A taunt or putdown, typically used to indicate that the speaker believes he or she has beaten the listener in a competition or is better in some other way or in a general sense; or an expression of satisfaction that the listener has received some supposedly deserved minor punishment or misfortune (a schadenfreude).
na-na na-na na-naAlternative form of na-na na-na boo-boo.
naff offA mild version of f** off.
nail biterA nervous or uncomfortable situation.
nail biterAn engaging or exciting cliffhanger.
nail biterOne who bites or chews his or her fingernails.
nail downTo attach with nails.
nail downFirm or certain.
naked apeA human being.
naked as a jaybirdStark naked; nude; especially, naked in a public setting and without embarrassment.
namby pambyweakly sentimental
name and shameSo as to single them out for individual blame and censure.
name namesTo identify specific people, especially people involved in confidential activity, misdeeds, or crimes.
name of the gameThe essential element (needed to reach the principal goal or objective); the overall purpose.
Nantucket sleigh rideAn obsolete and dangerous method of whale hunting in which a small boat manned by rowers and a harpooner, or a series of small boats tied together, would be attached to a whale by means of a harpoon and would then be towed by the creature at high speed across the water's surface, until the whale eventually became exhausted.
Nantucket sleigh rideA similar scenario involving a large fish.
ñapathe little something extra
narrow boatcanal barge
narrow downMake more specific.
nary aNot one; none.
national insurancestate social-security scheme
native soilThe country or geographical region where one was born or which one considers to be one's true homeland.
native soilSource, place of origin, principal location, or natural habitat.
ne'er cast a clout til may be outAdvice not to change from winter clothes to summer clothes until June, as there is often a sudden cold snap in May.
ne'er do welluseless
near missnarrowly avoided accident
near postThe goalpost nearest from where a cross is made.
near the knuckleRisqué, sexual, suggestive of impropriety..
nearly never bulled a cow(Irish) Near enough is not good enough.
necessary evilAn unfavorable thing that must be done or accepted, especially because the available alternative courses of action or inaction would be worse.
necessity is the mother of innovationAlternative form of necessity is the mother of invention.
necessity is the mother of inventionA person who is in great need of something will find a way to get it.
neck and neckVery close in progress, as in a race or contest.
neck of the woodsA local neighbourhood or region.
necker's knobA knob attached to the steering wheel of an automobile, especially before the widespread availability of power steering, helping the driver steer with one arm and leaving the other arm free to provide romantic attention to a companion.
necktie partyAn execution by hanging, especially a lynching.
need yesterdayTo need something immediately or urgently; to need something that is already late.
needle in a haystackSomething that is difficult or impossible to locate; something impossibly complex or intractable.
needless to sayClearly, obviously (because it is visually obvious).
neighbour's envy, owner's prideA possession envied by neighbours but bringing you pride
neither fish nor fowlSaid of something not easily categorized or not fitting neatly into any established group.
neither fish, flesh, nor good red herringUnsuitable for anyone or anything; unfit for any purpose.
neither here nor thereNot important; having no significance or influence on the question at hand; not related; not relevant; not germane; not pertinent.
nerves of steelGreat bravery, courage or composure
nervous as a catnervous as a cat
nervous as a catVery nervous.
nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairsExtremely nervous.
nervous hitA production which receives generally favorably notice, but is not assured of success.
nest eggA natural or artificial egg placed in a bird's nest, to encourage the bird to lay its own eggs there.

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