Idioms Beginning With: 'N'

Showing 101 - 116 of 116 results for letter 'N'
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.
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 passé, 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If something's null and void, it is invalid or is no longer applicable.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'.)

> If you have a question about idioms, ask us about it in our Idioms Discussion Forum. If you know of an idiom that you would like to be listed here, please use our online form to suggest an idiom.

Members Get More - Sign up for free and gain access to many more idioms and slang expressions. Register now.