Idioms beginning with N

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

none of your business

Meaning: used to tell someone not to get involved in whatever you have going on

Example: My mother in law was not pleased when we politely told her that the honeymoon plan was none of her business. Read on

necessary evil

Meaning: something unpleasant that must be done in order to achieve a goal or objective

Example: Mike saw his going to work for his father as a necessary evil if he was ever to own his own company someday Read on

not the sharpest tool in the shed

Meaning: someone who is not very clever, according to others

Example: Joe doesn't seem to understand that we're working to a different schedule now, since the workload has doubled.  He's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Read on

no news is good news

Meaning: to assume that since there is no news, it will not be bad news

Example: The exam results are not yet out and I feel no news is good news. Read on

never look a gift horse in the mouth

Meaning: it is an advice to be grateful for gifts

Example: My sister got furious when I tried to see how valuable the diamond on the ring she gifted me was and told me to never look a gift horse in the mouth Read on

no man is an island

Meaning: to require help from other every now and then because of one's limitations

Example: Having children has taught me that no man is an island. Read on

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go steady

Meaning: have a romantic relationship with someone

Example: Kate and Jack have been going steady with each other for the past few years now. Read on

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