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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List of Idioms - N, page 2
from:  'get on nerves'   to:  'new lease of life'

  • get on one's nerves
    • If you get on someone's nerves, you annoy or irritate them a great deal.
      "The children next door are so noisy they're getting on my nerves."

  • nest egg
    • If you have a nest egg, you have a reserve of money which you put aside for future needs.
      "Our parents consider the money from the sale of their house as a nest egg for their old age."

  • never a dull moment
    • When there is never a dull moment, something is always changing or happening.
      "With four teenagers at home, there's never a dull moment!"

  • never looked back
    • If you say that younever looked back, you mean that after an event which changed your life for the better, you continue to be happy with the situation.
      "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 my life'.
      "I will never in a million years understand why Anne married Bob."

  • never mind
    • When you say 'never mind' to someone, you are telling them not to worry, that it is not important.
      "When the child broke the cup Susan said 'never mind - it was an old cup'."

  • it 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!"

  • next to nothing
    • Next to nothing is an informal way of saying almost nothing or very little.
      "We’ve bought a house with a garden, but we’ll need help because we know next to nothing about plants and shrubs.”

  • new blood
    • If something such as an organisation or a sports team needs ‘new blood’, it needs to recruit people who come with new ideas, energy and enthusiasm in order to improve or invigorate it.
      "Because of the poor results, the coach decided that the team needed some new blood."

  • new kid on the block
    • The new kid on the block is someone (not just a child) who is a newcomer to an area, or a new member of a group.
      "Even after several years in the company Charlie is still regarded by some as 'the new kid on the block'."

  • new to this game
    • To say that you are new to this game means that you have never been involved in this sort of activity before.
      "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 satisfaction.
      "Moving closer to his children has given the old man a new lease of life."

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