Idioms – N
A nail in the coffin
An expression used to refer to an action or event likely to cause something to come to an end or fail.
Call someone names
To call someone names is to insult them verbally.
- You stopped short of calling me names.
In someone’s name
If something is in someone’s name, it is registered as belonging to them.
Narrow something down
To narrow something down is to reduce the number of possibilities of something.
Get on someone’s nerves
To get on someone’s nerves is to irritate them.
Nip something in the bud
To nip something in the bud is to stop it at an early stage.
- Bad habits should be nipped in the bud.
Give someone the nod
To give someone the nod is to approve them. To give something the nod is to approve it.
Cut off your nose to spite your face
To cut off your nose to spite your face is to do something which is likely to harm someone else but which also harms yourself.
Put someone’s nose out of joint
To put someone’s nose out of joint is to offend them.
Turn your nose up at
To turn your nose up at something is to show contempt for it.
Notch something up
To notch something up is to achieve something.
Now and again
From time and time
You need to revise your lessons now and again.
To the nth degree
To an extreme degree
Null and void
If a contract is null and void, it is illegal.
Someone’s days are numbered
If someone’s days are numbered, they will not survive for much longer.
- His health isn’t showing any signs of improvement. His days are numbered.
Someone’s number is up
When someone’s number is up, they are finished or about to die.