Idioms Beginning With: 'N'
results for letter 'N
- No pain, no gain
- Achievements require some sort of sacrifice.
- No peace for the wicked
Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No rest for the wicked' is also used.)
- No quarter
- This means without mercy. We can say no quarter given or asked.
- No question
- This idiom means that something is certain or definite.
- No questions asked
- If something is to be done and no questions asked, then it doesn't matter what methods are used or what rules are broken to ensure that it gets done.
- No rest for the weary
- No rest for the weary means that you must keep on working even though you're exhausted or tired.
- No rest for the wicked
- Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No peace for the wicked' is also used.)
- No skin off my nose
- If something's no skin off your nose, it doesn't affect or bother you at all.
- No smoke without fire
- This idiom means that when people suspect something, there is normally a good reason for the suspicion, even if there is no concrete evidence. ('Where's there's smoke, there's fire' is also used.)
- No spine
- If someone has no spine, they lack courage or are cowardly.
- No spring chicken
- If someone is no spring chicken, they are not young.
- No strings attached
- If something has no strings attached, there are no obligations or requirements involved.
- No Sweat
- No Sweat means something is easy. For example, "This contest is just no sweat." meaning "This contest is just easy."
- No time for
- If you have no time for an activity, you have absolutely no desire to spend or waste any time doing it. You can have no time for people, too.
- No time like the present
- If people say that there's no time like the present , they believe that it is far better to do something now than to leave it for later, in which case it might never get done.
- No time to lose
- If there's no time to lose, then it's time to get started otherwise it won't be finished on time.
- No two ways about it
- If there are no two ways about something, there is no other possible interpretation.
- No use to man or beast
- If something or someone is no use to man or beast, they it or they are utterly useless.
- A no-brainer is something like a decision that is very easy or obvious and doesn't require any thought.
- Nod's as good as a wink
- (UK) 'A nod's as good as a wink' is a way of saying you have understood something that someone has said, even though it was not said directly. The full phrase (sometimes used in the UK ) is 'a nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse'.
- Noddy work
- (UK) Unimportant or very simple tasks are noddy work.
- None so blind as those who will not see
- This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them.
('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
- Nose in the air
- If someone has their nose in the air, they behave in a way that is meant to show that they are superior to others.
- Nosy parker
- (UK) A nosy parker is someone who is excessively interested in other people's lives.
('Nosey parker' is an alternative spelling.)
- Not a snowball's chance in hell
- There is absolutely no possibility of something hapening if there's not a snowball's chance in hell.
- Not all there
- If someone isn't all there, they are a little bit stupid or crazy.
- Not bat an eye
- If someone doesn't bat an eye, they do not react when other people normally would.
- Not born yesterday
- When someone says that they weren't born yesterday, they mean that they are not naive or easily fooled.
- Not cricket
- (UK) If something is not cricket, it is unfair.
- Not enough room to swing a cat
- If a room is very small, you can say that there isn't enough room to swing a cat in it.
- Not for nothing
- Usually followed by the word "but," this is essentially a call to pay attention to the next words out of the speaker's mouth, e.g., "Not for nothing, but did you see the way he looked at you?"
- Not give a fig
- If you don't give a fig about something, you don't care about it at all, especially used to express how little one cares about another's opinions or actions.
- Not give a monkey's
- (UK) If you couldn't give a monkey's about something, you don't care at all about it.
- Not give the time of day
- If you wouldn't give the time of day to someone, you dislike them so much that you would not even use common courtesy.
- Not have the heart
- If you don't have the heart to do something, you don't have the strength or courage to do something. (Usually used in the negative)
- Not have two nickels to rub together
- (USA) If a person doesn't have two nickels to rub together, they are very poor.
- Not have two pennies to rub together
- If someone hasn't got two pennies to rub together, they are very poor indeed.
- Not hurt a fly
- Somebody who would not hurt a fly is not aggressive.
- Not know beans about
- (USA) If someone doesn't know beans about something, they know nothing about it.
- Not know enough to come in out of the rain
- Someone who doesn't know enough to come in out of the rain is particularly stupid.
- Not know you are born
- This indicates that the person described is unaware of his or her good fortune or is unaware of how difficult day to day life was before he/she was born. Typical usage: 'Kids today don't know they are born'.
- Not miss a trick
- If someone doesn't miss a trick, they take advantage of everything that could help them or might be an opportunity for them.
- Not much cop
- Describing a film or something as not much cop is a way of saying that you didn't think much of it.
- Not my brother's keeper
- If you say that you are not your brother's keeper, it means that you are not responsible for someone or what happens to them as a consequence of their actions.
- Not my cup of tea
- If something is not your cup of tea, you don't like it very much.
- Not our bag
- If something is not your bag, it is not really suitable for your needs or you don't like it much.
- Not the only pebble on the beach
- If something is not the only pebble on the beach, there are other possibilities or alternatives.
- Not to be sneezed at
- If something is not to be sneezed at, it should be taken seriously.
- Not trust someone further than you can throw them
- If you don't trust someone further than you could throw them, it means you don't trust them at all.
- Not wash
- If a story or explanation will not wash, it is not credible.
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