AMERICAN IDIOMS (N)
Neck and neck:
Very close (almost even), as in a race. ex. "The two candidates were running neck and neck a month before the election."
Neck of the woods:
Area. Part of a country. ex. "What's happening in your neck of the woods?"
(To) need a hand:
To need help. ex. "Do you need a hand? (Would you like some help?)"
Neither here nor there:
Not relevant. ex. "All of a sudden he started talking about his car, a topic which was neither here nor there."
Saved money. ex. "He has saved up quite a nest egg. Pretty soon he'll be able to retire."
Don't worry about it. ex. "Did you pick up my photos? Never mind, I'll do it myself tomorrow."
(To) nip something in the bud:
To end something at an early stage.
No laughing matter:
A very serious matter. ex. "Hey, why are you smiling? This is no laughing matter!"
Not easy. Very difficult and problematic. ex. "Let me tell you, driving in that snowstorm was no picnic."
You don't have to hurry. ex. "P1: Do you want this done by this evening? No, there's no rush - you can finish it tomorrow."
No skin off my nose:
I don't care because it doesn't affect me.
It's not surprising. ex. "He only slept for two hours last night? No wonder he's so tired."
(To) not be born yesterday:
To be experienced, knowledgeable. ex. "Of course I know that trick! I wasn't born yesterday."
Not in the least?:
Not at all. ex. "P1: Were you surprised that he failed the FCE? P2: Not in the least."
Probably will not happen. ex. "P1: You think George will learn a lesson from this? P2: Not likely."
Not much of:
Pretty bad. exex. "He has saved up quite a nest egg. Pretty soon he'll be able to retire."
Now and then: