English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - N
never a dull moment
||When there is never a dull moment,
something is always changing or
With four teenagers at home, there's never a dull moment!
|never looked back||If you say that you
never looked back, you mean that
after an event which changed your life for
the better, you continue to be happy with
Since the day she decided to work from home, she has never looked back.
|never in a million years||This expression
means 'absolutely never' or 'at no time in
I will never in a million years understand why Anne married Bob.
you 'never mind' to someone, you
are telling them not to worry, that it is
When the child broke the cup Susan said 'never mind - it was an old cup'.
|never rains but it pours||This
expression is used to comment on the fact
that when something bad happens, other bad
things often happen too, and make the
situation even worse.
First he forgot his briefcase, then he lost his wallet, and when he reached the car park, his car had been stolen - it never rains but it pours!
|never say die||You can say
'never say die' to encourage someone to
persevere in their efforts and not give up
or abandon their project.
Keep going - it's too soon to give up. Never say die!
|new to this game||To say that you are
new to this game means that you
have never been involved in this sort of
I want to join Facebook but I don't know how to start. I'm new to this game.
|new lease of life||A person who has a
new lease of life has a chance to live
longer or with greater enjoyment or
Moving closer to his children has given him a new lease of life.
|can't put new wine in old bottles||This expression
means that you should not try to combine new
concepts or innovations with an old or
long-established framework or system.
You'll never get that program to work on your father's old computer. You can't put new wine in old bottles!
|next best thing||If you can't have
exactly what you want, the next best
thing is the best alternative possible.
The camera I wanted was far too expensive so I opted for a cheaper one that was the next best thing.
|next to nothing||The term 'next
to nothing' means a very small amount
or almost nothing.
My boots didn't cost much. I bought them for next to nothing in the sales.
|nice as pie||If a person is
as nice as pie, they are surprisingly
kind and friendly.
After our argument, she was as nice as pie!
|in the nick of time||If something
happens in the nick of time, it
happens at the last minute, when it is
nearly too late.
The child was standing in front of the open window. His mother caught him in the nick of time.
|night owl||Someone who is
lively and active at night and goes to bed
very late is called night owl.
I work better in the evenings than in the morning. My friends say I'm a night owl.
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