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HOME > AMERICAN IDIOMS > Idioms starting with N

Common American Idioms for ESL students







AMERICAN IDIOMS STARTING WITH 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:
*somewhat antiquated* 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."

Nest egg:
Saved money. ex. "He has saved up quite a nest egg. Pretty soon he'll be able to retire."

Never mind:
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!"

No picnic:
Not easy. Very difficult and problematic. ex. "Let me tell you, driving in that snowstorm was no picnic."

No rush:
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.

No sweat:
No problem.

No wonder:
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."

Not likely:
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:
Occasionally.


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