Idioms beginning with N

nightmare dressed like a daydream

Meaning: Describes something that seems very pleasant or attractive at first but eventually reveals itself as horrible.

Example: Don't let her beauty fool you. She's just a nightmare dressed like a daydream. Read on

no spring chicken

Meaning: Someone who's no longer young.

Example: My grandfather is no spring chicken, that's for sure. Read on

no picnic

Meaning: used to express that an activity or action is not fun

Example: I love having little kids around but cleaning up after them is no picnic. Read on

no pain, no gain

Meaning: it is necessary to work hard or strive to reap rewards

Example: If you want to win the title next month, you have to train for an extra hour every day next week. No pain, no gain. Read on

nail in the coffin

Meaning: an action/event that will help bring about the death, end, or failure of something or someone

Example: She was late for the fourth day in a row. It will be another nail in her coffin when the boss hears about it. Read on

not believe eyes

Meaning: shock or surprise at something you see or hear

Example: My fiancé is with someone else - I can't believe my eyes. Read on

not at all

Meaning: a polite response when someone says "thank you" - as a synonym for "you're welcome"

Example: Thank you so much for helping with my move. Not at all. Read on

next of kin

Meaning: close relative

Example: We cannot release the names of the soldiers killed at the battle of Normandy until we've informed their next of kin. Read on

neck and neck

Meaning: extremely near one another

Example: The two athletes have been neck and neck for this entire race. Read on

never mind

Meaning: to urge somebody not to worry about something

Example: Never mind, I will do it myself. Read on

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account for

Meaning: to have to provide an explanation for (something)

Example: The horrible weather accounted for more than 20 percent absenteeism at work today. Read on

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