English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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- Not with a bang but a whimper
- To end on a muted note - most likely in a situation where one would have expected a more spectacular finish. This expression was coined by T.S. Elliot in his 1925 poem, The Hollow Men, which ends: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.
- Not worth a red cent
- (USA) If something is not worth a red cent, it has no value.
- Not worth a tinker's dam
- This means that something is worthless and dates back to when someone would travel around the countryside repairing things such as a kitchen pot with a hole in it. He was called a 'tinker'. His dam was used to stop the flow of soldering material being used to close the hole. Of course his 'trade' is passť, thus his dam is worth nothing.
- Not worth the candle
- If something's not worth the candle, it has no value or would be a waste of time and efffort.
- Notch on your belt
- A success or achievement that might help you in the future is a notch on your belt.
- Nothing to crow about
- If something's nothing to crow about, it's not particularly good or special.
- Nothing to write home about
- Something that is not special or good is nothing to write home about.
- Nothing ventured, nothing gained
- You can't win if you don't join in the game; if you don't participate in something, you will not achieve anything.
- Now and then
- This idiom means 'occasionally'.
- Now I ask you
- Used at the end of a story to express disbelief, or in answer to a question to express a mild indignation.
- Null and void
- If something's null and void, it is invalid or is no longer applicable.
- Number cruncher
- A number cruncher is an accountant or someone who is very good at dealing with numbers and calculations.
- Nuts and bolts
- The nuts and bolts are the most essential components of something.
- Nutty as a fruitcake
- Someone who's nutty as a fruitcake is irrational or crazy.
(This can be shortened to 'a fruitcake'.)
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